Sikorsky to eliminate 600 jobs, mostly in Conn.

Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford (file).
Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford (file).

STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — Helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. says it is eliminating 600 jobs, most of them in its home state of Connecticut.

The Stratford-based subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. said Friday that the cuts will take place over the next several weeks.

Spokesman Paul Jackson said the reductions are necessary to protect the company’s competitiveness.

Sikorsky, the maker of the Black Hawk helicopter, is feeling the impact of reduced military spending due to budget cuts and a scaled-back U.S. presence in Afghanistan.

The company has about 8,200 employees in Connecticut and a total of 16,500 around the world.

Jackson said the cuts will be split equally between salaried and hourly positions.

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