NORTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) – The Senate’s decision to halt production of the Air Force’s missile-eluding F-22 Raptor fighter jets could cost jobs in Maine.

The Raptor’s engines are manufactured by Pratt & Whitney, and some of the components come from the company’s plant in North Berwick, Maine. Company spokesman Matthew Perra says about 200 of the 1,300 workers in North Berwick are assigned to the F-22 program.

Perra tells the Portland Press Herald that Pratt & Whitney has a contract through early 2011 for engine parts for the F-22.

President Barack Obama wants to shift spending to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Pratt & Whitney also makes engines for those jets, as well.


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