- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut’s congressional delegation is praising a new $592 million Pentagon contract with jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney for the seventh lot of propulsion systems for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft.

The lawmakers said Tuesday’s announcement is “fantastic news” for the state’s aerospace industry, and praised Pratt & Whitney for its commitment to driving down the cost by 4.5 percent. The statement came Wednesday from Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and U.S. Reps. John Larson, Joe Courtney, Rosa DeLauro and Elizabeth Esty.

The contract for the F135 propulsion systems will deliver 36 engines and raise the total procurement contract value to $680 million.

Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp., the state’s largest private employer. UTC and the state reached a deal this year for millions in tax credits to keep jobs in Connecticut.


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