October 16, 2021
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Strong partnership
Boeing-Lockheed team up for USAF bomber

Boeing and Lockheed Martin have teamed up to bid for a new $55 billion US Air Force bomber program aimed at replacing the aging bomber fleet.

Boeing is acting as the prime contractor, and Lockheed is the main teammate in the bid to supply the Air Force’s Long-Range Strike Bomber program. The program aims to build between 80 and 100 of the new, long-range stealthy bombers.

The cost of each plane is about $550 million putting the total value of the program if all 100 planes are built at $55 billion. Deliveries are due to begin in the mid 2020s.

The air force has two programs, the B-1 and the B-2, aimed at replacing the aging B-52s but they were wracked with heavy cost overruns. The air force only bought 20 of Northrop Grumman’s B-2s, the newest long-range bomber in its fleet. The B-2, built by Northrop Grumman, is considered the most capable bomber because it is nearly invisible. The air force’s view of its needs has changed since the B-2 was launched, designed to des
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