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.
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
The contract award is expected by the end of the
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