WASHINGTON, D.C. 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.
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 a stable set of requirements that should make this capability a hallmark for the future.
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 (based on 2010 dollars) with an initial capability in mid-2020.