The modification of F-16 aircraft into 126 QF-16 drones will begin in May 2011, said Boeing spokesman Forrest Gossett. The contract should add 40 jobs to Boeing’s Cecil facility by Spring 2011. The company currently employs 245 people at Cecil.
The drones, which will be designed and developed in St. Louis, will be used to test the military’s newly developed weapons and its aircraft fighters. The drones can be flown manned or unmanned, according to the company.
Boeing added about 60 jobs last year to the former U.S. Navy base on Jacksonville’s Westside when it moved its F/A-18 operations here from Mesa, Ariz.
Jacksonville Business Journal