AF moves forward with future bomber
The U.S. Air Force released its Long Range Strike Bomber, or LRS-B, request for proposal to industry July 9 with a contract award expected in spring 2015.
The new bomber is a top modernization priority for the Air Force and will provide the United States with the option to hold any target at risk at any point around the world.
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“The LRS-B will be an adaptable and highly-capable system based upon mature technology,” said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. “We have established an achievable and stable set of requirements that should make this capability a hallmark for the future. We’ve set a realistic target cost for the system and have a procurement strategy which allows us to affordably field a new bomber fleet. The program’s strategy will ensure we get the best possible deal for the taxpayer.”
The new bomber will be a long-range, air-refuelable, highly survivable aircraft with significant nuclear and conventional stand-off and direct-attack weapons payload. The LRS-B will provide operational flexibility across a wide range of military operations.
"The long range strike bomber will be essential to our ability to win a full-spectrum conflict in the future.
It is a must-have capability," said Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh.
The Air Force plans to purchase 80-100 LRS-B aircraft at a $550 million average unit procurement cost in base year 2010 dollars with an initial capability in the mid-2020s.
A request for proposal, or RFP, defines a future contract’s requirements and informs industry on how to respond in their proposals. Release of the RFP precedes competitive selection based on contractor proposals.
By Ed Gulick, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
Source : US Air Force