A B-2 during aerial refueling which extends its range past 6,000 nautical miles (6,900 mi; 11,000 km) for intercontinental sorties - photo USAF
March 7, 2014. David Pugliese - Defence Watch
Bloomberg News is reporting that the U.S. Air Force’s five-year plan calls for spending $11.8 billion to develop a new long-range bomber, one of the Pentagon’s top weapons projects. That information comes from military budget figures.
The aircraft would replace Northrop Grumman Corp.’s aging B-2 stealth bombers, the report noted.
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The Defense Department sees it as vital to reaching far-flung, heavily defended locations worldwide. Northrop may compete with the two biggest federal contractors, Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT:US) and Boeing Co. (BA:US), which plan to bid as a team.
While the Air Force has said it may build as many as 100 of the bombers in a program potentially topping $55 billion, the service’s new five-year plan released this week didn’t include production funds for those aircraft.