A new Missouri-made jet was recently delivered to the United States Air Force. Boeing, a global aerospace and defense company, was awarded a $1.2 billion contract for Missouri-made F-15EX fighter jets in 2020. The new fighters, manufactured at Boeing’s Defense Space & Security plant in St. Louis, Missouri, are replacing older F-15C/D’s in the Air Force inventory. The jet was recently delivered ahead of schedule, with more expected to be taking flight by the end of the month.
The F-15EX is a two-seat fighter with the capability of carrying a load of advanced weapons. It comes with a new electronic warfare system, advanced cockpit systems, and other improvements. Boeing says the aircraft “carries more weapons than any other fighter in its class and can launch hypersonic weapons up to 22 feet long and weighing up to 7,000 pounds.”
Missouri is a world leader in the aerospace and defense industry. Today, Missouri talent builds the F/A-18, EA-18, F-15 and T-7 fighter jets, the new unmanned MQ-25 refueling drone, along with a huge array of military ordinance. Missouri’s aerospace and defense talent, history of success, and existing supply chain of 100+ world-class aerospace and defense companies across the state, makes it a top location for companies looking to invest in new facilities.