Australia would acquire up to five Virginia-class subs built in part by Electric Boat in CT, but challenges remain to meet the demand.
Virginia Class Submarines
U.S. House approves massive defense bill with billions for CT-made weapons systems
The massive bill would also strip Confederate names from military bases and end transfers of military equipment to local police.
Navy, Electric Boat reach $10.3 billion deal to begin building Columbia-class subs
‘It’s a very big milestone for the program,’ said Rep. Joe Courtney.
Trump’s budget cuts funding for Virginia-class subs from two to one
Electric Boat has for more than a decade built two submarines a year, but the president’s budget only calls for one Virginia-class boat.
Groton sub base may lose $72 million for new pier to Trump’s border wall
President Trump may tap money intended for a new pier at the Groton sub base and other military construction to fund his border wall.
Navy awards $22.2 billion sub contract to Electric Boat
The contract, in negotiation for over a year, calls for the building of nine Virginia-class submarines, with a possible tenth if Congress provides the money.
Congress adds to Pentagon’s request for key CT-made defense programs
Increases in submarine production and F-35s win preliminary approval, but a Senate panel cuts the number of Sikorsky Black Hawks.
CT would benefit from increased sub production, but hurdles remain in Congress
Size of Pentagon budget and advanced funding for third Virginia-class sub questioned by lawmakers.
Trump budget would boost Virginia-class sub production, cut social safety net
The decision to boost submarine production, mentioned in a White House budget summary, was welcomed by supporters of the Virginia-class program, but somewhat of a surprise.
White House objects to three-subs-a-year plan
WASHINGTON – The White House’s Office of Management and Budget has objected to a provision in a massive defense bill approved by the House Thursday that would press the Navy to procure two additional Virginia-class subs in 2022 and 2023. The White House said those additional subs, manufactured by Electric Boat, exceeds President Donald Trump’s request for 10 subs, not 12, in the Navy’s next contract with EB.
Budget impasse hurts CT defense industry, young immigrants, others
WASHINGTON — Whether, and how, Congress comes to an agreement on a massive spending bill to fund the federal government will impact Connecticut in several ways. The health of the state’s defense industry, as well as that of thousands of Connecticut children, and the fate of immigrant youth and the Affordable Care Act are at stake.
Push is on for more F-35s, Sikorsky helicopters and work for EB
Defense hawks are hoping the Trump administration will agree to a supplemental defense bill, and an increase in defense spending in the next annual budget. President Donald Trump has vowed to rebuild the military — and “to load it up” with “beautiful new equipment.”
CT lawmakers vote against waiver for defense secretary nominee Mattis
WASHINGTON — Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Thursday voted against granting retired Marine Gen. James Mattis a waiver that would allow him to serve as President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of defense. Blumenthal was only one of three members of the Senate Armed Services Committee to vote against a waiver.
U.S. House approves stopgap bill that helps CT defense industry
WASHINGTON — Connecticut lawmakers on Thursday helped pass a stopgap spending bill that would prevent a government shutdown – and ease the way for the confirmation of retired Gen. James N. Mattis as the next secretary of defense – but there’s trouble in the Senate.
Defense hawks hope Trump keeps vow to boost military spending
WASHINGTON — The House has approved a $619 billion defense bill and the Senate is expected to follow this week, but there’s a push to add F-35s, Black Hawk helicopters and other military hardware to the Pentagon’s shopping list early next year, right after President-elect Donald Trump assumes office.