Lt. Gen. Davis Says Next Gen USAF Bomber Will "Of Course" Surpass $550M/Unit
March 6, 2014 9:45 AM
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Once all costs are figured in Davis says the bomber will cost more than the target per unit
When we reported on the U.S. Air Force’s plans for a
next generation long-range bomber priced at $550 million a pop
, our commenters were quick to point out that there was no way that figure could be accurate. Military procurement programs have the tendency to spiral out of control with regards to costs, as witnessed by the
Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
The USAF's top acquisition officer, Lt. Gen. Charles Davis, agrees and says that costs for the bomber will definitely be higher than the quoted figure.
Davis said, “Is it going to be $550 million a copy? No, of course it’s not going to be $550 million a copy once you add in everything.”
Davis also noted that the military would try to stick as close to that budget of $550 million each as possible. One of the ways the USAF will try and keep to that budget is by preventing extra requirements and untested tech from being included in the platform.
Lt. Gen. Charles R. Davis, Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition
And unlike the troubled F-35 program, the winning design team – Northrop Grumman or Lockheed Martin/Boeing – for the next generation bomber will only have to satisfy the needs of the USAF. The F-35 has to appease – and adjust to changing operational requirements from – the USAF, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines and the
numerous ally nations that have bought into the program
The bomber program also got a significant boost in funding in the FY2015 budget when the funds for research, development, testing, and evaluation were bumped from $379 million to $914 million.
The USAF plans to purchase 80 to 100 of the new bombers.
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RE: Divide by 5, Multiply by 6...
3/7/2014 8:17:32 AM
Yes and we defend more countries with that military than any other country too.
Like it or not, the world needs a leader. And I'd prefer that leader to be the US instead of someone hostile to us. Isolationism has never worked out for the better. I don't advocate for getting involved in every petty conflict around the world. Civil wars should be left alone. But things like Russia's recent invasion of Ukraine smacks of the kind of start that Hitler had where if the world had whacked him over the head right away, we wouldn't have lost tens of millions of lives in a conflict that spanned the world. And we should try to refrain from repeating that mistake.
RE: Divide by 5, Multiply by 6...
3/7/2014 1:02:26 PM
I would actually prefer that the leader was the EU but I guess that's just me. There are to many war hawks like you in the US who would have us going to war with Russia over Ukraine,and going to war with Iran.
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