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Electric Boat plans major hiring, expansion to tackle sub ramp up

Electric Boat's Groton shipyard.

WASHINGTON — The man in charge of developing and acquiring the Navy’s weapons systems said it’s going to be “a tough ramp up” to get Electric Boat’s shipyards and another at Newport News, Va., ready to meet the nation’s need for submarines. The decline in the U.S. manufacturing base and the retirement of skilled tradesmen pose key challenges. Continue Reading →

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Senate defense bill holds the line on F-35s, Black Hawks

The F-35A stealth fighter.

WASHINGTON — A Senate defense panel has been far less generous to Connecticut defense programs than it’s counterpart in the House, which had boosted the number of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter planes and doubled the number of Black Hawk helicopters the Pentagon had asked for. Continue Reading →

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House panel advances defense bill with billions for Connecticut weapons

A virginia-class attack submarine

WASHINGTON – With the backing of Rep. Joe Courtney, the House Armed Services Committee this week authorized billions of dollars for weapons systems built in Connecticut, including $1.4 billion for a new fund to pay for a new class of nuclear submarines likely to be built by General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton. Continue Reading →

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