What Was Wrong With America’s Old Bombers?

A B-2 Liberating The F-ck Out of Some Target in Afghanistan

The Pentagon on Tuesday awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a contract valued by analysts at more than $20 billion $100 billion $300 billion to build new long-range bombers for the U.S. Air Force in what has been the most fiercely fought weapons contest in more than a decade.

Northrop Grumman was selected over a Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. team to build the first 21 jets to replace aging B-52 and B-1 warplanes. The contract eventually could be worth $80 billion (likely closer to $300 billion – judging by past experience, but who is counting) and provide 100 planes total. The first aircraft are due to enter service around 2025.

The new radar-evading bomber is designed to fly undetected over potential adversaries such as Russia or China that have upgraded their air defenses. The Pentagon has in recent months become increasingly concerned that these two countries are developing weapons that match or exceed U.S capabilities. The new plane would be capable of firing conventional and nuclear weapons, becoming the third leg of the nuclear triad alongside submarine and land-based ballistic missiles.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    America’s oldest (and most used) bomber is the B-52 which last I checked, was not slated to be retired until 2045-2050.
    The B-52 began active service in 1955, and so it will have an estimated life span of 90-95 years.
    Yes, the B-52, when used as a bomb truck, is that good of a design.

    • It’s an amazing plane.

    • Clausewitz

      The “Old Dog” just keeps on keeping on.

    • mauser 98

      saw a B-52 parked beside a 747 at Seattle Boeing plant tour
      B-52 is half the size of 747.. suprising

  • El Martyachi

    … better spent on cocaine and whores.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      It’s hard to beat “hookers ‘n blow”!

  • Exile1981

    That picture is of the B-2 which is not one of the ones being replaced.

    LRS-B (this new bomber) Defense weekly says that 20 billion is development costs and to provide 1 test plane. The 80 billion is for the 21 first run planes. Insiders in the USAF are concerned because grumman built only 9 drones total last year and no manned aircraft.

    B-2 $2 Billion each (only 21 ever built)
    B-1 $283 million in 1998 money
    B-52 $9.28 million originally or $53.4 million in 1998 money
    B-17 under 1 million in 1998 money

  • Ron MacDonald

    The B-52 was introduced in 1955, and the B-1 in 1986. Both the Chinese and Russians are upgrading their military at a rapid pace, the US has no choice but to upgrade theirs as well. Canada is the only western nations sitting around with its finger up its arse when it comes to defense procurement.

    • WalterBannon

      We can always drop Turdeau on our enemies. Of course that might be considered a crime against humanity.

      • Blacksmith

        If you dropped him without a parachute would that be ‘killing two birds with one stone’?

  • WalterBannon

    Stealth bombers are yesterday’s technology.

    Orbital weapons platforms are were the real money is.

    • El Martyachi

      All I want for Christmas is an orbital weapons platform.

      • Exile1981

        I tell my kids every year when they ask that I want a space based laser for christmas. Still waiting for it…

        • Clink9

          I’ve given up waiting for my helicopter.

    • Exile1981

      I’ve always liked the idea of kinetic kill ones aka rods from god; but the laser doesn’t need to reload.

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  • Hard Little Machine

    That’s assuming the piece of junk F-35 currently at a trillion dollars and counting, ever sees the operational light of day. Lest we forget President Obastard cancelled the F-22, after a production run of 187 planes, the actual good plane that does what it’s supposed to do.