St. Louis Boeing workers hoping Congress approves Growler

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HAZELWOOD, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis Boeing worker could get a contract to build some new high tech jets for the US Navy, but lawmakers could stand in the way.

The Navy wants 22 St. Louis-made Growlers, but Congress may ground the plan to build the planes. Thousands of jobs are in question.

The Growler is an electronic warfare jet. Our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch report the chief naval operations admiral calls the planes a critical part of Navy defenses and says there is a growing need for the Growler jets.

There’s also a need in St. Louis for the Boeing jobs that depend on the project.

The Growler is the replacement for the FA-18 Super Hornet fighter, which will stop being built by Boeing in St. Louis County in 2016.

If Congress approves funding for the Growlers, those Boeing employees who were building the Super Hornet will have a new jet to build.

The Growlers are able to jam enemy radar and other electronic signals, something the Navy says will be key in the future of combat.