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Pentagon to announce winner of the LRS-B contract today
« on: October 27, 2015, 11:39:54 AM »
http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/27/politics/long-range-strike-bomber-contract/index.html

Over/under on how much the cost overruns will be before the first aircraft is fielded?

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Re: Pentagon to announce winner of the LRS-B contract today
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2015, 11:45:38 AM »
It's not really a bomber. It's a "combat cloud".

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Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula told CNN this week that it is inaccurate to label the LRS-B as simply a "bomber" and that officials need to shed the "old think" way of categorizing airplanes into different mission areas.

The new "Long Range Sensor Shooter," as Deptula calls it, will have the ability to create a self-forming, self-healing "combat cloud" capable of sharing information with other aircraft and conducting a diverse array of operation types.

Sweet baby jeebus. Maybe we could get back to building fighters and bombers. You know planes that can fly and blow shit up.
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Re: Pentagon to announce winner of the LRS-B contract today
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2015, 11:48:31 AM »
Oh and to answer your question, I'll say the whole program goes to $100 billion and we'll be lucky to build 50 of them.

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Since 2011, the Pentagon has said the LRS-B bomber will cost close to $550 million per airplane, projecting a $55 billion price total for 100 planes.
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Re: Pentagon to announce winner of the LRS-B contract today
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2015, 11:50:56 AM »
Well...at least this isn't Canadiastan. Were it so, we're talking $500 billion before five were delivered.  O:-)

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Re: Pentagon to announce winner of the LRS-B contract today
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2015, 11:53:08 AM »
It is impressive that the Canadians can have a weapons procurement system more effed than ours.
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Re: Pentagon to announce winner of the LRS-B contract today
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2015, 05:09:10 PM »
And the award goes to...Northrop Grumman.

Oh and to answer your question, I'll say the whole program goes to $100 billion and we'll be lucky to build 50 of them.

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Since 2011, the Pentagon has said the LRS-B bomber will cost close to $550 million per airplane, projecting a $55 billion price total for 100 planes.

Sounds about right. It's a price+ contract, which means (from what I understand) that the government has already agreed to pick up any cost overruns.

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Re: Pentagon to announce winner of the LRS-B contract today
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2015, 06:08:37 PM »
In that case, call it $300 billion.
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Re: Pentagon to announce winner of the LRS-B contract today
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2015, 11:41:05 AM »
It is impressive that the Canadians can have a weapons procurement system more effed than ours.

We're taking the hit to improve your national self-esteem.  Yeaaah, that's the ticket!
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Re: Pentagon to announce winner of the LRS-B contract today
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2015, 11:56:57 AM »
It is impressive that the Canadians can have a weapons procurement system more effed than ours.

We're taking the hit to improve your national self-esteem.  Yeaaah, that's the ticket!

We're going to need you to step it up. Continental Air Defense is going to be tricky when all we have is 20-30 F-35s and 5-6 of the new bombers.
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Re: Pentagon to announce winner of the LRS-B contract today
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2015, 03:54:22 PM »
and a bunch of grounded F-22s
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Re: Pentagon to announce winner of the LRS-B contract today
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2015, 04:36:22 PM »
It is impressive that the Canadians can have a weapons procurement system more effed than ours.

We're taking the hit to improve your national self-esteem.  Yeaaah, that's the ticket!

We'll go with the Super Hornets and Quebec will get the maintenence contract.
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