Price 1st promising South American bombers NGB far surpass 550 million dollars. On this, as reported by Defense News, said managing procurement programs the U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Charles Davis. Earlier, the U.S. Air Force announced that the procurement of promising bombers will cost at least 550 million dollars apiece.
«We get a lot of questions about the price of [the aircraft]. Will it be worth 550 million dollars per unit? No, of course it will not cost 550 million after fully equip all the options, «- said Lieutenant-General, adding that the U.S. Air Force seek to delay the final price bombers close to the disputed mark. According to Davis, 550 million dollars is a design limitation.
To avoid a sharp rise in prices NGB shall be removed from the U.S. Air Force additional requirements to airplanes also untested technologies. Project the U.S. military budget for 2015 money year foreseen NGB funding in the amount of 914 million dollars. For comparison, this year the South American military wants to project had spent less than 359 million dollars.
Price of 550 million dollars for one bomber NGB (Next Generation Bomber), also recognized as LRS-B (Long Range Strike — Bomber) was determined by the Pentagon in 2012. In total, the U.S. Air Force wants to buy new aircraft 80-100, which will be engaged in the development of the South American company Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Boeing.
According to the current schedule, the first new bomber should go into service in the United States in 2020. Hopefully plane scheduled likened modern B-2 Spirit in terms of communications, intelligence, reconnaissance, surveillance, electronic warfare and weapons. Details about the project is planned to be kept secret right up to his adopting.
In general, the planned development of NGB had spent 40-50 billion dollars. According to official data, the aircraft receives shielding from radiation and electrical protection from a nuclear explosion. Bombers will be developed in a modular scheme; U.S. Air Force will be able to increase their capacity by adding the necessary equipment as exploitation.