With Northrop Grumman’s work on the Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) officially halted pending a government audit of the losing team's protest, the big question ahead for the U.S. Air Force is just how long it will take to field this new aircraft. Northrop Grumman won the contract, for an undisclosed amount, Oct. 27. The program to build 100 bombers is estimated to be worth $80 billion, with the Pentagon’s estimate for development at $23.5 billion in fiscal2016 dollars. The ...

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