U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said the appropriations bill awaiting President Barack Obama’s signature carries significant funds for state defense companies, including further funding Black Hawk production at Sikorsky.
The bill was passed last week, but has yet to be signed as Washington is locked in a fight over how to extend the Social Security Payroll tax.
Here are some of the appropriations for defense companies in Connecticut.
- $3.2 billion for Virginia Class submarine procurement in FY2012
- $1.4 billion in advance procurement funds to begin producing long-lead time components for Virginia Class submarines
- $856.3 million for Advanced Submarine System Development
- $9.5 million for Submarine Tactical Warfare Systems
- $90.3 million for Submarine modernization
Sikorsky Aircraft and General Electric Co.
- $1.3 billion for UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter procurement, continuing a multi-year procurement plan, plus an additional $199 million in advance procurement for future Black Hawks
- $624.4 million to continue developing the CH-53K Super Stallion helicopter
Pratt and Whitney
- A total of $6.2 billion for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter procurement. All F-35s are powered by the Pratt and Whitney F135 engine.
- $1.4 billion for F-35C (CV variant) procurement plus $109 million in advance procurement
- $1.1 billion for F-35B (STOVL variant) procurement plus $117 million in advance procurement
- $3.3 billion for F-35A (CTOL variant) procurement plus $229 million in advance procurement