Two Boeing T-X jets over the St. Louis Arch

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Boeing Deal Will Support 1,800 Jobs In St. Louis Area

September 27, 2018 - 4:35 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Boeing has inked a major deal that could provide thousands of jobs in the St. Louis area for decades.

The company has been awarded a contract that could be worth up to $9.2 billion to build up to 475 T-X training aircraft and 120 ground-based simulators.

Boeing is working with Saab to completely replace the Airforce's T-38 supersonic jet fleet that's been used for decades.

Both Defense News and Bloomberg report the planes will be built at St. Louis's Boeing plant, although Boeing itself won't confirm that until after all parties have been debriefed and the protest period is over -- which should be sometime next month.

In a news release, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said that Boeing estimates the deal will generate and sustain more than 1,800 direct and indirect jobs in the St. Louis region.

“Boeing’s successful bid for the T-X contract demonstrates the superior skill and work ethic of St. Louisans,” said McCaskill, a senior member of the Armed Services Committee. “I’m proud of their commitment to producing the best in cutting edge technology—ensuring our Air Force is prepared and ready for every challenge that lies ahead.