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Senate approves massive defense bill, but trims number of F-35s

WASHINGTON –  The Senate late Monday approved a $716 billion defense authorization bill that trims the number of F-35’s the Pentagon can purchase this year, but allows for more spending on Electric Boat submarine programs and Sikorsky-made helicopters. “Five percent of our country’s defense spending is done in Connecticut,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal said. Continue Reading →

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Sikorsky, Malloy cut tentative deal to produce new helicopter in Connecticut

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lockheed Martin announced a tentative deal Monday to produce a new generation of Sikorsky heavy-lift helicopters in Connecticut at the cost of $220 million in financial incentives from the state and an agreement with its union workforce. The General Assembly is tentatively scheduled to consider the deal in special session Sept. 28. Continue Reading →

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