The U.S. Department of Defense on Thursday awarded Boeing Co. a $9.2 billion contract to produce a new Air Force training jet. Boeing has said it would manufacture the jet at its Defense, Space & Security facility in north St. Louis County, and that production of the aircraft would support up to 1,800 direct and indirect jobs in the St. Louis region.
The contract represents a win for Boeing’s operations in the St. Louis area, which employ about 14,000 people and until recently appeared to face an uncertain future.
Boeing partnered with Sweden’s Saab AB to develop the plane. It beat out Lockheed Martin Corp. and Leonardo DRS for the contract.
The award will fund 351 T-X jets, 46 simulators and accompanying ground equipment. The contract is expected to run through 2034.