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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 408-02
August 06, 2002

TERMINATION PAPERS FOR CRUSADER SIGNED

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Edward C. "Pete" Aldridge, Jr., has signed a memorandum directing the U.S. Army to take prudent and deliberate actions to bring about an orderly termination of the Crusader program. The memo was signed July 26. In the memo, the Army is directed to ensure that current technology development continues either as part of an indirect fire technology demonstration or as part of other transformational programs.

On the same day, Secretary Aldridge provided Congress with the Army's Indirect Fires Report and a reprogramming request to transfer $32 million from Crusader to new variants of the Future Combat Systems (FCS). Congress has approved the reprogramming request.