Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Mike Bost (IL-12) testified before the House Armed Services Committee in support of the U.S. Navy’s request of funding for the production of twelve F/A-18 aircraft, also known as the Super Hornet.

“The Navy’s F-18 aircraft conduct critical strike fighter missions against ISIL and other Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist organizations and are a national security asset we must protect,” said Rep. Bost.  “In addition, Boeing’s continued production of this aircraft right here in the St Louis region is critical in strengthening the local defense industrial base, which employs thousands of hardworking men and women.”

“The current state of turmoil in the Middle East makes it more critical than ever that we ensure our military has the tools it needs to fulfill its mission in  the fight against terrorism.  These aircraft provide unique and essential electronic sensing and attack capabilities to the United States Navy and coalition forces.” 

Boeing’s Impact to the 12th Congressional District of Illinois:

  • 850 Boeing employees work and live in the District;

  • Suppliers and vendors spend $6.5 million annually in the District; and

  • Boeing provides more than 60,000 U.S. jobs with 800 supplier partners throughout the United States.