Fate Of Boeing Super Hornet Could Affect Thousands Of St. Louis Jobs

Boeing won a $47 million contract from the U.S. Navy that includes work on the F/A-18. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Boeing will learn more in March about the fate of its F/A-18 Super Hornet. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Thousands of jobs are expected to leave the St. Louis area following the scheduled end of production of Boeing’s final F/A-18 Super Hornet in late 2016. Though Boeing is working to keep the Super Hornet and the E/A-18 Growler alive, Lockheed Martin has recently taken control of the global fighter-jet market with the F-35.

Boeing’s multi-year contract with the Navy to build Hornets and Growlers will expire soon. That deal, along with a few other contracts, will keep the plant running into late 2016. A defense analyst from the Lexington Institute said it is unlikely the Navy will extend this deal because it cannot afford to develop new planes while purchasing additional Hornets. However, no one will know for sure until March 4, when the recommendations for defense spending drafted by the pentagon will be released by the Obama administration.

Boeing remains hopeful about the announcement but plans to take the battle to Congress if necessary. Missouri Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill have expressed their support, and the Hornet has fairly broad political support because its parts come from suppliers in 44 states. Mike Gibbons, Boeing’s vice president in charge of the program, says the hope is that Boeing could extend production of the Hornet until 2020, giving the company enough time to turn the current assembly line into a bridge for whatever plane comes next.

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