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Boeing's north St. Louis County facility

Part of an F/A-18 Super Hornet awaits final assembly work at Boeing's north St. Louis County facility on April 5, 2018. The factory produces the fighter jets for the U.S. Navy and international customers. Photo by Jacob Barker

Boeing Co. was awarded a $4 billion contract for advance purchase of materials to produce 78 F/A 18 Super Hornet aircraft for the U.S. Navy, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

Work on the jet is expected to be completed in April 2024.

Nine percent of the work will be performed at Boeing’s north St. Louis County plant, according to the Pentagon award. Most, 61 percent, will be performed at Boeing’s El Segundo, Calif., operations.

The multiyear contract extends Super Hornet production through at least 2023 and sustains jobs in the St. Louis region, a spokesman told the Post-Dispatch. 

Since last year, Boeing had hoped for orders of dozens more Super Hornet orders from the Navy. It has already ramped up its line in St. Louis to handle an influx of international orders and upgrades on older Super Hornets that need the latest technology and upgrades to keep them flying longer.

The U.S. Air Force also awarded the company a contract last year to build its new T-X trainer jet, a $9.2 billion project that will be performed at the company’s St. Louis plant over more than a decade.

Post-Dispatch reporter Jacob Barker and Reuters contributed to this story.

Clarification: This story has been updated to describe the amount of work performed outside the St. Louis area previously. 

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