Boeing will assemble the new T-X Air Force training jet at its north St. Louis County campus — supporting 1,800 jobs locally — if it beats out rivals for the lucrative defense contract, company officials said Monday.
Industry analysts had mostly expected St. Louis to get T-X work if Boeing wins the contract, but Monday’s announcement — complete with members of the area’s congressional delegation, local politicians and regional business leaders — made it official.
“It’s not ‘if’ it’s awarded, it’s ‘when’ it’s awarded,” Rep Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, told a cheering crowd of about 200 Boeing employees and area officials gathered in a hangar displaying two of the company’s T-X models.
A decision from the Defense Department is expected by the end of the year. Boeing has teamed up with Saab, the Swedish maker of the Gripen fighter, in its bid for the trainer work.