South American companies Boeing and Lockheed Martin have announced a partnership in the development project promising distant bomabrdirovschika LRS-B (before the project was called NGB), reports Flightglobal. Boeing aircraft manufacturing concern will act as general contractor, and Lockheed Martin — as a «core team member.» Company announces partnership project distant bombers already in the second time.
For the first time South American companies have decided to jointly develop a bomber in 2008. In 2010, the agreement was terminated, since the Pentagon initially closed the project distant bombers, but then decided to renew it, but caused no major requirements for the aircraft. In announcing the termination of cooperation, Boeing and Lockheed Martin explained that want to better understand the requirements of the military.
Development of promising bombers started in the U.S. in 2012. This project is planned had spent about 50 billion dollars, including the funds necessary for the purchase of new aircraft. In total, the U.S. Air Force plans to buy 80 LRS-B. Adopting aircraft generated based on proven designs, planned for mid-2020s.
Rival consortium of Boeing and Lockheed Martin in the project serves American company Northrop Grumman, which has developed in the interests of the U.S. Air Force B-2 bombers Spirit.