ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Boeing on Monday unveiled a pair of fighter jet trainers it hopes will win a big contract with the Air Force.

Shelly Lavender, president of Boeing’s mililtary aircraft division, thinks her T-X trainer jet can win a big Air Force competition over rivals Lockeed Martin and Leonardo Aircraft.

“When we win the T-X program, we will embark on a journey supporting our national defense, our community, and Missouri workers for the next 50 or more years,” she says.

Boeing is competing with the two other aircraft makers to win a $16 billion contract.

If it does win, Boeing would make about 350 of the new planes here, with an impact on 1,800 jobs in the region.

A decision is expected later this year.

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