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Connecticut’s Defense Industry

Yankee Ingenuity and a tradition of manufacturing expertise have - for generations - positioned Connecticut as a leader in Defense Manufacturing.  Thousands of Connecticut residents work on programs associated with protecting our democracy and tens of thousands more are affected by the work that occurs across our state.

Congressman Larson remains focused on working both sides of the aisle to ensure the viability of these programs, and protecting the defense and manufacturing based associated with it in Connecticut.

Rep. Larson views the F35 mock-up

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, powered by the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine, represents the future of our nation’s air supremacy and a key component to our foreign policy. Not only will the United States buy more than 2,400 F-35s for use by the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, but we’ll sell hundreds more to our allies across the globe. 

Here in Connecticut, the work associated with Pratt & Whitney’s F135 engine will support thousands of new jobs at Pratt and the hundreds of small and medium sized business that comprise the backbone of our state’s industrial base. This aircraft and its engine will truly reinvigorate the Connecticut aerospace industry and provide work for our next generation of machinists.   

The “Alternate” Engine Debate

In 2011, after years of work in both the House and Senate, Congressman Larson led a successful bipartisan effort to eliminate what was commonly referred to as the Alternate Engine from the Joint Strike Fighter program.  The Alternate Engine was a second, duplicative engine program for the Joint Strike Fighter that had been funded for years against the will of Presidents Bush and Obama and Secretaries of Defense Rumsfield and Gates.    

Eliminating the Alternate Engine remains one of my most significant accomplishments because of what it means for our state and our workforce.  Pratt & Whitney is now the only supplier of engines to the Joint Strike Fighter program.  For Connecticut and our Machinists, this means that our highly-skilled, highly trained workforce will continue to work on the military’s most advanced programs for decades to come.  By some estimates, Larson’s work is believed to have locked in more than $100 billion in business for Pratt & Whitney and their suppliers over the next 30 years.    

The Joint Strike Fighter Caucus

In Congress, Congressman Larson is committed to educating his colleagues on the importance of the Joint Strike Fighter program and was honored to be named the Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Joint Strike Fighter Caucus in 2013. 

Along with Republican Co-chair, Congresswoman Kay Granger, Larson is ensuring that members of Congress have a full understanding of the important role the Joint Strike Fighter program plays in national security and the impact that any changes to the program can have on our readiness and our industrial base. Already, more than 90 of his colleagues have joined the Caucus. 


More on Connecticut’s Defense Industry

May 19, 2016 Press Release
​Washington – Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) issued the following statement.
April 25, 2016 Press Release
East Hartford, CT – Yesterday, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), co-chair of the Joint Strike Fighter Caucus, visited Pratt & Whitney to view the model F-35 and F135 engine displayed throughout the weekend.
October 20, 2014 Press Release

East Hartford, CT – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) today announced a five-year, $6 million contract between the United States Air Force and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT). The contract, “Manufacturing Technology Innovation for Cost Reduction,” is being awarded by the Air Force Research Laboratory to fund development and use of tools for metal and composite materials manufacturing for Air Force supply chain companies, many of which are based in Connecticut.

October 15, 2014 Press Release
Hartford, CT - Rep. John B. Larson and the Connecticut Congressional delegation issued the following the DOD's announcement of a $592 million contract with Pratt for the seventh lot of the F135 engine.
May 7, 2014 Press Release

Washington - Today, Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) commended the announcement that United Technologies Sikorsky Aircraft along with Lockheed Martin have been awarded the production contract for the Presidential Helicopter.

April 24, 2014 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the Connecticut General Assembly approved legislation confirming an agreement between United Technologies Corporation and Connecticut.

April 12, 2014 Op-Ed and Letters
This year marks the first time since 1983 that Pratt & Whitney will start production on more than 1,000 engines that will continue to ratchet up through 2017.
February 26, 2014 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today after Governor Dannel P. Malloy joined in announcing a $500 million investment by United Technologies Corporation in Connecticut. The investment will upgrade and expand operations across the state, including major development at East Hartford’s Pratt and Whitney.

December 23, 2013 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, U.S. Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) along with U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced a $231,465,987 contract from the Air Force to Pratt & Whitney for the maintenance and repair of F119 Engines. The contract, signed Monday, modifies an existing agreement between the Air Force and the East Hartford aerospace manufacturer and will run through 2014.

November 6, 2013 Press Release

New Haven, CT — Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Connecticut’s delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives today advocated for Sikorsky’s world-class helicopters in a letter to the Norwegian Ambassador. Sikorsky was recently removed from the competitive bidding process on a contract by the Norwegian government, but Norway has had a change in government since that initial decision was made.