The U.S. Air Force requirement for a new bomber—part of the Long Range Strike family—could be as high as 200 aircraft as the bomber replaces aging B-1s and B-52s, according to defense analysts. The problem with containing cost is how to take advantage of new technology without breaking the budget or generating so much political backlash that the bomber program is reduced or canceled. The B-2s ended up costing more than $2 billion each because the program was closed down so early. The ...


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