Increased Defense Spending for Connecticut

June 17, 2016

Recently the U.S. Senate approved $16.7 billion in defense spending to Connecticut defense companies in the National Defense Authorization Act. The new funding will help grow Connecticut’s economy and bring more well-paying manufacturing jobs into the state.

The bill includes increased funding for:

  • Sikorsky Blackhawks helicopters and the UH-1N Replacement Helicopter Program
  • Electric Boat's Virginia Class submarines
  • Pratt & Whitney F-135 engines for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

To meet this demand, thousands of new manufacturing jobs are expected to be created in the state over the next few years. The legislature passed several bills this session to boost Connecticut's manufacturing revival, including creating a special committee to educate middle and high school students about manufacturing careers.

To learn more about Connecticut-related defense spending, check out this article from The Hartford Business Journal.