ANNISTON, Ala (WIAT) –Cutting-edge technology is coming to the Anniston Army Depot (ANAD).
It was announced this week that the depot would serve as the repair shop for new military vehicles.
Nathan Hill, the military liasion in Calhoun County, said eventually the Mercedes-Benz M133 engine models will be phased out, and new, high-tech vehicles will roll in, and when they need repairs, they’ll be coming to Anniston.
“I think it says we’re a military community, [and] that the depot is the largest economic impactor for this area,” said military liasion Nathan Hill with the Calhoun County Economic Development Council.
At ANAD, one of the tanks they work on are M113, one of the most produced vehicles in the army.
Hill said soon, M113 will be replaced with AMPV, armored multi-purpose vehicle, which will be bigger and faster. When they’re in need of a tune-up, they’ll go to the Anniston Army Depot.
“I think it’s exciting because it’s a cutting-edge technology, and that’s one good thing about it being assigned to Anniston. It means the Anniston Army Depot has the workforce, the facilities, and equipment to produce the latest combat vehicle that’s been produced and field by Army,” said Hill.
Hill said this announcement means jobs will be secure and possibly more to come in the future.
Senator Richard Shelby, R-Ala., was part of bringing this opportunity to Annistion and released a statement that said,” This contract will preserve and expand ANAD’s role in maximizing our military readiness for generations to come. I am confident that this annoucnement will shape the future of anniston and bring signifcant economic growth to the region.”
Senator Doug Jones also reacted to the news and released a statement that said, “I am confident this opportunity will ensure that ANAD will continue to contribute to our nation’s military readiness and to a strong local economy.”
Hill agreed this will help their local economy. In fact, he said the depot brings in at least $1 billion from the inside and out.
“I think this shows the Anniston Army Depot is in position to do any future combat systems,” said Hill.
Hill said the AMPV will not be out until around 2021, and it’s not expected for these vehicles to be at the depot until years after that.