September 27, 2018
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, today commended the U.S. Air Force’s announcement that Boeing has been awarded the contract for T-X trainer aircraft, which will be built in St. Louis. The T-X is a two-seat trainer aircraft that will replace the decades-old T-38 trainer currently in use by the U.S. Air Force.
“Boeing’s T-X will be an invaluable resource in helping our nation’s Airmen develop the skills they need to accomplish their missions,” said Blunt. “I’m proud of the men and women at Boeing St. Louis for designing this advanced pilot training system. Today’s announcement means more good-paying jobs in Missouri and further cements our state’s role as a leader in defense aviation innovation.”
The aerospace and defense industries employ 80,000 Missourians. As a member of the defense appropriations subcommittee, Blunt helped secure funding in the FY2019 defense appropriations bill for the T-X trainer. The legislation also included funding for 24 Super Hornets and provided multiyear procurement authority to enter into a contract to ensure the production line in St. Louis stays active for years to come. In addition, the bill included funding for the U.S. Navy MQ-25, an unmanned aircraft that will be manufactured in St. Louis.In March, Blunt visited Boeing St. Louis to view and receive an update on the T-X trainer.