Aerospace / Defense


Aerospace and Defense

As both a pioneer and a global leader in aerospace and defense, Connecticut is home to “Aerospace Alley,” an industrial ecosystem of thousands of advanced manufacturing companies drawing from the fifth most productive workforce in America.

Based on the strength of our aerospace and shipbuilding industries, Connecticut is one of only a few states in the country to earn the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) designation. With this prestigious designation comes access to more than $1 billion in federal funds for manufacturing economic development.

Key Advantages

Find out why more than 1,000 aerospace manufacturers and component firms make their home in Connecticut.

  • An investment in advanced manufacturing. The $75 million Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund encourages company/university R&D collaboration, finances workforce training and offers matching funds for federal grants.
  • Highly skilled, productive workforce. Connecticut’s aerospace and defense worker productivity is ranked third in the U.S.
  • Reputation for innovation. Connecticut innovators hold 51% more patents per capita than the national average.
  • National leader in defense. Connecticut manufacturers bring in over $19 billion in defense contracts.
  • Industry knowledge equals better support. We know this industry. So we can offer targeted support, from help finding the right site to expediting licenses and permits, connecting with public/private research partnerships, and identifying sources for financial and technical assistance.

Targeted Support

Here are a few examples of the technical support and business-development services available for aerospace and defense companies. Click on any of the links below to learn more. Just be sure to also explore the rest of our site for the other programs available to all types of businesses.






Industry Leaders

Just a few of our advanced manufacturers are highlighted below:


You can also hear from one of our sector leaders here.

   Pegasus Manufacturing President Chris DiPentima on expanding in Middletown

Contact Us

For more information on the advantages of relocating or growing your Aerospace/Defense business here in Connecticut, please contact Carmen Molina-Rios at (860) 500-2314, or email