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Boeing Assembly of Air Force T-X in St. Louis to Support 1,800 Jobs

Boeing has said that its decision to assemble the T-X Air Force training jet at its St. Louis facility is expected to support approximately 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.”

The jobs projection includes direct and indirect positions expected to be supported by the T-X work.

“I’m proud that Boeing has trust in the highly skilled workforce in my district, and I look forward to the economic opportunity these jobs will bring for our community and the Missouri supply chain,” said U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay, who represents Missouri’s first district that includes Boeing’s St. Louis facility.

Boeing T-X Air Force training jet

Boeing T-X is a training system designed specifically for the Air Force training mission. It will replace the service’s fleet of aging T- 38 aircraft.

The initial acquisition, for 350 aircraft and the associated ground-based training and support, is valued at up to $16 billion. Initial operating capability is planned for 2024.

Shelley Lavender, St. Louis senior executive and president of Boeing Military Aircraft, said, “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.” 

The contract award is expected by the end of the year. 

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