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Northrop Grumman Wins $55 Billion Dollar Deal

Unread postby jjbaker » Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:34 am

The Air Force will pay $1 billion each for the first 21 of its new long-range stealth bombers under a deal announced Tuesday. The Air Force awarded the $55 billion-dollar overall contract to Northrop Grumman, which built the B-2 and is said to be planning a similar-looking aircraft as its replacement. For the first 21 airplanes, Northrop Grumman will be paid $21.4 billion. Lockheed Martin and Boeing put in a joint bid.

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Most commentators agree that Northrop Grumman had a leg up in the competition on two fronts. It built the B-2, which the Air Force seems to have been pleased with, and it's a lot smaller than Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Some believe the win for Northrop Grumman was intended to prevent the other two main defense contractors from creating a duopoly. Regardless of the intrigue, Northrop Grumman now has some targets to meet for its breathtakingly expensive airplanes. Still, it's worth noting that the current fleet of about 20 B-2s cost $2 billion each. One B-2 was lost in an accident on Guam in 2008.


Source: AVweb

Looks like we should be able to replace the complete number of registered seaplanes and flying boats with the scraps of this contract.
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