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Boeing debuts fighter jet for Australian Air Force

The first of 12 fighter jets Boeing will manufacture for the Australian Air Force. The first of 12 fighter jets Boeing will manufacture for the Australian Air Force.
HAZELWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Hazelwood's Boeing plant debuted the first of twelve expected new fighter jets to the Australian Air Force on Wednesday.

Australia is the first county outside of the United States to receive the new Growler fighter jet.

Recently the production of growler planes has been slowed down to two per month, in order to keep the Hazelwood production line running.

"The E-18 Growler program, both for the U.S. Navy and Australia, is a key part of what we do at Boeing and in St. Louis. The program employs over 60,000 people in 44 states, 800 supplies and several thousand in St. Louis that are directly working with the growlers today," said Dan Gillian, vice president of F/A-18 and EA-18G programs.

Boeing said the Hazelwood production line will continue to make planes through 2020.

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