Boeing announced its plans to manufacture the new T-X advanced pilot training jet for the U.S. Air Force in St. Louis, Missouri. The company said the decision to produce the aircraft in Missouri is expected to support more than 1,800 jobs in the region.
“The Boeing T-X trainer will keep Americans safe and create more jobs for Missourians,” said Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. “Companies like Boeing, which are committed to growing and investing here, show the world that our state is open for business and ready to create new jobs.”
Boeing’s Defense, Space & Security division unveiled the new T-X advanced pilot trainer, which is co-developed by Saab, in 2016 in the hope of winning a coveted contract with the U.S. Air Force.
“Our highly skilled St. Louis workforce designed, assembled and brought Boeing T-X to life, and they continue to define the future, not just for our company, but for our customers and the global aerospace industry,” said Shelley Lavender, St. Louis senior executive and president of Boeing Military Aircraft.
The T-X trainer program is a top priority for the U.S. Air Force, and initial acquisition is expected to include more than 300 aircraft along with the associated ground training and support. Boeing currently produces the F-15 Strike Eagle, EA-18 Growler, and F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft at its Defense, Space and Security facilities in St. Louis, Missouri.
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