St. Louis Public Radio News
3:11 pm
Thu October 17, 2002

Boeing's Super Hornet Project Cut Less Than Expected

Washington, DC – Boeing's St. Louis-based Super Hornet project will have fewer planes to make this year, but not a few as first thought.

President Bush's budget proposal to Congress in February lowered the number of the Navy planes made this year from 48 to 44. Congress yesterday passed a defense spending plan that calls for 46 of the attack jets.

More than 4,000 people in the St. Louis area work on the Super Hornet project, which is Missouri's largest defense contract at $3 billion dollars.

Also in yesterday's legislation is $14 million dollars for another St. Louis company, Engineering Support Systems, to build shelters that protect against chemical and biological weapons. More than 15-hundred workers make the shelters.