Boeing assembly of Air Force T-X in St. Louis to support 1,800 jobs
If the Air Force chooses Boeing to help train pilots for generations to come, T-X will be the newest project for a community that has produced some of the most acclaimed military aircraft of the past seven decades.
“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,” added U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay, who represents Missouri’s first district that includes Boeing’s St. Louis facility.
The first two new, purpose-built T-X aircraft have proven the design’s low-risk, performance and repeatability in manufacturing.
“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.
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. The contract award is expected by the end of the year.
AIM President Ray McCarty attended the ceremony. “Associated Industries of Missouri is pleased Boeing will locate this program in St. Louis, helping not just the local economy, but impacting suppliers across the state,” said McCarty. “We wish Boeing the best in securing this important contract. Our defense forces deserve only the best training equipment to aid in protecting our country.”