The U.S. Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee approved $25.6 million in Southeastern Wisconsin projects today, include $3 million for Racine's Modine Manufacturing Co.
The projects are part of the Senate's FY2009 Defense Appropriations Bill. To take effect, the bill must be approved by the full Appropriations Committee and then the Senate.
"Wisconsin companies are taking the lead when it comes to modernizing our military," said Sen. Herb Kohl, D-WI, a member of the committee. "I am proud that our state's research and development industries continue to innovate and expand. Their work has paved the way for this important federal investment and their efforts will make our military stronger, and the men and women who serve our country safer."
Among the Wisconsin projects, Kohl won approval for $3 million for cooling and heating of advanced tactical vehicles at Modine. The release from Kohl's office said:
This project will capitalize on prior technical breakthroughs for evaporator and condenser design to produce demonstrators that can be rapidly transitioned to active tactical vehicle programs. The program will use CO2 instead of more traditional Freon for air conditioning. This will reduce the logistics burden, protect the environment, and make it easier to repair and maintain these cooling systems. The air conditioning systems developed will also be lighter and more energy efficient, while still capable of dealing with the searing desert heat.
The complete list of projects approved by the subcommittee is here.