All month long Missouri Partnership is taking a look back at some of Missouri’s biggest stories in economic development from the past year, and today we are taking a look back at Boeing’s new $9.2 billion contract for the U.S. Air Force T-X trainer jet.
In September, Boeing Co., a global aerospace and defense manufacturer, was awarded a $9.2 billion contract by the U.S. Air Force to produce the T-X trainer jet. Boeing and its partner Saab designed, developed, and flight-tested two all-new, purpose-built jets, proving out the system’s design, repeatability in manufacturing and training capability.
“Today’s announcement is the culmination of years of unwavering focus by the Boeing and Saab team,” said Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeing’s defense business. “It is a direct result of our joint investment in developing a system centered on the unique requirements of the U.S. Air Force. We expect T-X to be a franchise program for much of this century.”
As the winners of the competition, Boeing are set to capture sales of at least 351 training jets to the U.S. Air Force, with even more possible in the international market. The program office, engineering and final assembly line being located at Boeing’s St. Louis facility, generating and sustaining more than 1,800 well-paying jobs in the area.
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