During early morning operations, 131st Bomb Wing Missouri Air National Guard maintainers service a B-2 Spirit at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. (Image Master Sgt. Robert Trubia © US Air National Guard)

‘US to select new longe range bomber on Tuesday’

The Pentagon is to select the winning team to develop and build the new US Air Force Long Range Strike Bomber on Tuesday 27 October, sources say. The LRS-B program is thought to be one of the biggest defense programs over the next decades, with value estimates over 80 billion USD.

UPDATE 27 October | Northrop Grumman has been selected as the winner. More is here at Airheadsfly.com

The decision will be between Northrop Grumman on one side and Boeing and Lockheed Martin jointly on the other. The former can say it was behind the B-2 Stealth bomber, while the latter can say it has gathered valuable experience and data – along with cost overruns – with the F-35 program.

The US Air Force is said to need close to 100 new longe range bombers to replace B-1s and B-2s. The first contract should be for 21 aircraft.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top): The LRS-B will replace the B-2 eventually. (Image © Master Sgt. Robert Trubia / US Air National Guard)