Boeing looks to U.S. Congress to fund fighters after Navy skips orders
By Andrea Shalal-Esa
WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Boeing Co is mounting
fighter jets and stave off a shutdown of a St. Louis production
line after the U.S. Navy failed to fund the jets.
The Navy's fiscal 2015 budget plan omits funding for any
extra F/A-18E/F Super Hornets or EA-18G Growlers, according to
several sources familiar with the issue. The White House is due
to submit its 2015 budget request to Congress on March 4.
While the 2015 budget does not include funding for shutting
down the F/A-18 production line in St. Louis after 2016, the
Navy plans to add such termination funding to its 2016 budget,
said one of the sources, who could not speak publicly.
That spells bad news for Boeing, which needs additional
orders from the U.S. Navy to continue producing the fighter
planes, according to industry executives and analysts.
Navy officials have said they would like to keep buying
Super Hornets and Growlers, but cannot afford to do so given
tough budget pressures that have already forced the service to