If it wins trainer contract, Boeing will assemble TX in St. Louis

Boeing T-X Air Force training jets fly past the St. Louis arch

Boeing T-X Air Force training jets fly past the St. Louis arch

After the event, the governor told reporters his administration will make the case to the secretary of defense and the Trump administration about the importance of building the jet in St. Louis.

The new factory for the Air Force's T-X training program will support 1,800 "direct and indirect positions" in the region, according to the Boeing statement.

Boeing wouldn't say yet how much T-X work would be done in St. Louis versus Saab facilities.

"I'm proud that Boeing has trust in the highly skilled workforce in my district, and I look forward to the economic opportunity that these jobs will bring for our community and the Missouri supply chain", Rep.

The plane, used in the U.S. Air Force pilot training program, will replace the T-38 trainer now being used.

It faces competition from a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Korean Aerospace Industries and Italian aircraft maker Leonardo and its US subsidiary, DRS Technologies.

The Air Force issued a request for proposals in December 2016 to produce a total of 350 trainer jets created to replace its fleet of T-38 aircraft under a potential $16 billion program.

A Boeing T-X made its first test flight in December, and a second went airborne last month.

But those jobs depend on whether the U.S. Air Force gives Boeing and Saab the contract later this year.

Boeing already builds its F-15 and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in St. Louis.

The Air Force plans to purchase 350 jet trainers, which would be used to teach new pilots to fly fighters like the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the F-22 Raptor, and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and they want those planes ready by 2024.

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