The US Air Force has announced the awarding of the development and early production contract for the Long Range Strike Bomber.

The Long Range Strike Bomber will be a long range strategic bomber for the United States Air Force, intended to be a stealth aircraft capable of carrying thermonuclear weapons. Initial operating capability is expected in the mid-2020s. The US Air Force plans to purchase 80–100 LRS-B aircraft at a cost of around $600 million each.

Northrop beat a team from Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The announcement is the biggest contract out of the Pentagon since the F-35.

Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Mark A. Welsh  said:

“The LRS-B will provide our nation tremendous flexibility as a dual-capable bomber and the strategic agility to respond and adapt faster than our potential adversaries, we have committed to the American people to provide security in the skies, balanced by our responsibility to affordably use taxpayer dollars in doing so. This program delivers both while ensuring we are poised to face emerging threats in an uncertain future.”

The initial value of the contract is $21.4 billion, but the deal could eventually be worth $80 billion if the US Air Force purchases all 100 of the proposed aircraft.

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Adam Willsmore
5 years ago

Thanks .

Adam Willsmore
5 years ago

Interesting thanks for sharing will she replace the B1 .

Andy Berry
5 years ago
Reply to  Adam Willsmore

my 1st thought too…

UK Defence Journal
5 years ago
Reply to  Adam Willsmore

Yes

David Crook
5 years ago

No, B52’s and B1’s

UK Defence Journal
5 years ago
Reply to  David Crook

?

Ian Alexander Shiels
5 years ago

That looks like it’ll be cheap!

Herolin Simmons
5 years ago

B1’s are upgradable and are fast. The LRSB will supplement the B2 fleet and faze out the B52 fleet which is now under 100 aircraft still in active inventory. Already 1/3 of the B1 fleet is in mothballs.
Between this and the so called SR 73, the AirForce is getting some nice new toys!!

Rob Dean
5 years ago

SR 73?

Herolin Simmons
5 years ago

Yup. It’s a real project. Lockheed has a development contract.

Jason Bartlett
5 years ago

Sr 72 is the proposed jet the 73 is the blackbird, they should work with the uk on this as are skylon space plane project is already up and running on the development of the sabre engine.

Jason Bartlett
5 years ago

Will it be maned or unmanned? I would have thought the americans would have gone for a drone to fill this need.

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shark bait
5 years ago

Looks like we can expect to see a billion dollar aircraft taking to the sky in the 30’s