Northrop Grumman wins Long Range Strike Bomber contract – The Washington Post

Northrop Grumman on Tuesday won the Pentagon contract to build a fleet of stealthy planes known as the Long Range Strike Bomber, a new generation of aircraft designed to reach deep into enemy territory.Northrop beat out a team of Boeing and Lockheed Martin in the high-stakes competition for a project likely to be one of the Pentagon’s most significant over the next decade.In announcing the award, valued at nearly $60 billion, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said the program represents a “technological leap” that will allow the United States to “remain dominant.”The bomber, which will be capable of carrying nuclear weapons, is a “strategic investment for the next 50 years,” Carter said.

Source: Northrop Grumman wins Long Range Strike Bomber contract – The Washington Post

Northrup Grumman’s experience with the B-2 likely gave them the inside edge. Lockheed, Boeing’s partner in their bid, obviously has more recent experience with the state of the art in signature reduction, via the F-22 and F-35, but the B-2 is still the gold standard in stealth.

As for Boeing, sure, they have a long history of building bombers. But it’s just that, history. From the B-17 in 1937 to the last B-52 in 1962, Boeing was synonymous with American bombers. But that’s a quarter century of production. And that was over half a century ago.

 

4 thoughts on “Northrop Grumman wins Long Range Strike Bomber contract – The Washington Post”

  1. Have to say, my first, gut reaction, was “Holy Crap.” Boeing being synonymous, yada yada yada. But, your post makes sense. Good for Northrop Grumman.

    1. I’m sure LockMart and Boeing will protest. LockMart has been making a career of it. Frankly, given the Lockheed experience of the last 45 years, I’d just as soon they went away.

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