Boeing’s Chadwick: F/A-18 line could run beyond 2017, Bloomberg reports

54246f5eabaa8.preview-300Boeing’s defense chief remains optimistic about the F/A-18 fighter assembly line in north St. Louis County, saying there’s a good chance the line could stay open beyond 2017, according to Bloomberg News.

Current orders will keep the assembly line open until 2016. If approved, a Congressional proposal to buy 12 EA-18G Growlers, an electronic warfare version of the Super Hornet carrier-based fighter, would allow Boeing to keep the line up running end of 2017.

However, the aircraft maker has more than a “50-50 chance” of receiving enough Navy and foreign orders to keep the Super Hornet line open beyond that date, Chris Chadwick, president of St. Louis County-based Boeing Defense, Space and Security, told Bloomberg News today.

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