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Larson: Passage of Defense Bill is Good News for CT Defense Manufacturing

December 11, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020.

“I was proud to vote for the NDAA today. The Conference Agreement strengthens our national security, makes important investments to restore our military readiness, and provides the largest pay raise for our military in a decade, in addition to making key reforms to better support service members and their families. It fortifies the First District as a leader in defense manufacturing. Both large manufacturers like Pratt & Whitney and smaller companies like Birken Manufacaturing Co. in Bloomfield will continue to grow with this authorization. Connecticut will continue to provide our military with Connecticut-made aircraft engines, submarines, and helicopters that provide our military with unmatched supremacy in the air and at sea.

“As co-chair of the Joint Strike Fighter Caucus, I am proud that we were able to secure 90 F-35 aircraft. In 2019, manufacturing on the F-35 alone supports over fifteen thousand jobs across the state. Our men and women overseas deserve the best technology and protection in the world as they serve our nation, and I am proud of the First District’s role in supporting them,” said Larson.

“Congressman Larson has always supported a strong national defense and those of us supporting the warfighter in the aerospace manufacturing sector.  His support over the years, including championing the increased production levels of the F-35, Joint Strike Fighter, has allowed our Company to hire and retain talent in Connecticut and assure that the quality of our fighter aircraft and armaments are second to none in the world,” said Gary Greenberg, President of Birken Manufacturing Co. in Bloomfield.

Highlights of Connecticut's defense manufacturing priorities:

  • $8.9 billion to purchase 90 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (12 more than the President’s Budget Request), $2.1 billion in spares, and additional $440 million to purchase fighter jets originally ordered by Turkish government.
  • $3 billion for advance procurement of B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber
  • $5.5 billion for procurement of Virginia class submarines, including $2.9 billion in advance procurement for the third submarine
  • $2.2 billion for 12 KC-46A Tankers
  • $1.8 billion for advanced procurement of Ohio Replacement Program and $125 million for supplier development
  • $1.4 billion for 73 UH-60 Blackhawks
  • $807 million for purchase 6 CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopters
  • $900 million to purchase of 5 E-2D ADV Hawkeye
  • $876 million for procurement of 12 Combat Search and Rescue Helicopters
  • $647 million for 6 VH-92 Presidential helicopters
  • $18.5 million for research and development of the unmanned K-MAX helicopter