Granger remains ‘keenly focused’ on U.S. Army modernization efforts

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) this week touted U.S. Army upgrades proposed by U.S. Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy, who on Jan. 8 joined the congresswoman in Arlington, Texas, to tour Bell Helicopter’s Flight Research Center.

“I am keenly focused on supporting Secretary McCarthy’s modernization vision for the Army,” Rep. Granger said on Wednesday. “Put simply, the best military in the world requires the best aircraft, built by the best people.”

Rep. Granger and the Secretary watched flight tests of the V-280 Valor aircraft, which is under development by Bell Helicopter and Lockheed Martin. The lawmaker called the plane “the most modern, lethal, capable, and affordable aircraft” being constructed as part of the federal Future Vertical Lift (FVL) Program.

“As the top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, I was able to provide over $779 million for the FVL Program in a way that undoubtedly will keep thousands of careers and bring even more to north Texas,” said Rep. Granger, referring to an authorization included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020.

The bill, which the president signed into law on Dec. 20, 2019, authorizes policies for U.S. Department of Defense programs and activities, including military personnel strengths, among numerous provisions.

Rep. Granger noted that the FVL program, along with Secretary McCarthy’s other Army improvement priorities, will provide U.S. soldiers “with the top-notch equipment and technology they need to defeat Russia, China and any others who wish to threaten the American way of life.”