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B-52 Bombers To Get $12B In Support  
User currently onlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8047 posts, RR: 8
Posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6837 times:

Interesting article on upgrading the B-52s.

Quote:
The nation's fleet of nuclear-ready Boeing B-52 bombers, the bulk of which are here at Barksdale Air Force Base, will get almost $12 billion in upgrades and modernization over the next eight years, the Department of Defense announced this week.
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With no new bombers on the drawing boards, with a limited number of B-2 Spirit bombers and less-capable B-1 Lancers relegated to non-nuclear missions, the B-52 is expected to serve at least another 30 years under current Air Force planning.
http://www.shreveporttimes.com/artic...B-52-bombers-to-get-12B-in-support

The interesting part for me is that we can upgrade the B-52 to last another 30 years, but the KC-X program is so urgently needed.

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User currently offlinedl767captain From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6842 times:

Quoting Ken777 (Thread starter):
ut the KC-X program is so urgently needed.

Ya I'm a little confused by this also


User currently offlineebj1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 6811 times:

Quoting Ken777 (Thread starter):
With no new bombers on the drawing boards, with a limited number of B-2 Spirit bombers and less-capable B-1 Lancers relegated to non-nuclear missions, the B-52 is expected to serve at least another 30 years under current Air Force planning.

The B-52 is superior to the B-1B? In what way?



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User currently offlinenomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1764 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6776 times:

Quoting ebj1248650 (Reply 2):
The B-52 is superior to the B-1B? In what way?

I assumed it meant less capable than B-2s.



Andy Goetsch
User currently offlinesilentbob From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1963 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6681 times:

Quoting ebj1248650 (Reply 2):

Payload would be my guess


User currently onlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12068 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6541 times:

Quoting Ken777 (Thread starter):
The interesting part for me is that we can upgrade the B-52 to last another 30 years, but the KC-X program is so urgently needed.
Quoting dl767captain (Reply 1):
Ya I'm a little confused by this also

I agree. There is no reason the KC-135Es cannot be upgraded to last for another 30+ years.

Quoting ebj1248650 (Reply 2):
The B-52 is superior to the B-1B? In what way?
Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 3):
I assumed it meant less capable than B-2s.
Quoting silentbob (Reply 4):
Payload would be my guess

No, they did mean the B-1B is less capable than either the B-52H or B-2A. All of the authencation and arming equipment for nukes on the Bones have been removed, making it an only 'conventional munitions' truck airplane. To put this equpment back into the Bone will cost billions as new equipment has to be designed and tested before it is approved. That process will take 10-15 years and by then all the B-1Bs may be retired.


User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 6694 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6433 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 5):
No, they did mean the B-1B is less capable than either the B-52H

I thought the B1-B had a much greater bomb load than the B-52, with it's smaller crew, speed and lower radar cross section shouldn't it be the better bomber. I realise it's range isn't as great but isn't that why the airforce have people like you?


User currently onlineprebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6297 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 6273 times:

Does somebody know what upgrades are going to be done on the Buffs?

$12 billion, that's roughly $140 million per plane. That's roughly the same as the price of an all new aircraft of similar size and payload/range capability, for instance an A340-300. (Maybe not a good comparison, I know that those two plane are optimized for very different tasks, but anyway - it does give a picture of the magnitude of this program).

It cannot be only "life extension". It has to be a lot more than that, something about new and advanced weapon systems.

Does it include re-engining? But even if it does include new engines, then there has to be a lot more than that.

Is it known to be classified information?



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User currently onlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12068 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6103 times:

Quoting prebennorholm (Reply 7):
prebennorholm

As far as I know, it is for new avionics, new bomb/nav system, and ECM improvements. There is no reengine program approved for the B-52H.

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 6):
Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 5):
No, they did mean the B-1B is less capable than either the B-52H

I thought the B1-B had a much greater bomb load than the B-52, with it's smaller crew, speed and lower radar cross section shouldn't it be the better bomber. I realise it's range isn't as great but isn't that why the airforce have people like you?

It does have a bigger bomb load than the B-52, however, most times one of the 3 bomb bays carries an extra fuel tank. Yes, the Bone does air refuel, but in the SIOP it uses a lot of tankers, about one more than the B-2, B-52, or FB-111 per mission.


User currently offlinenomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1764 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6079 times:

Quoting prebennorholm (Reply 7):
$12 billion, that's roughly $140 million per plane. That's roughly the same as the price of an all new aircraft of similar size and payload/range capability, for instance an A340-300. (Maybe not a good comparison, I know that those two plane are optimized for very different tasks, but anyway - it does give a picture of the magnitude of this program).

That $12 billion is also for 8 years of support for the fleet. Not minor expense.



Andy Goetsch
User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8216 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6019 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 5):
I agree. There is no reason the KC-135Es cannot be upgraded to last for another 30+ years.

But that wouldn't fit in with Boeing's Sales plans... I mean, the Pentagon. I mean, oh darn I confused them again.  


User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6013 times:

Quoting Flighty (Reply 10):
But that wouldn't fit in with Boeing's Sales plans...


For some reason I can't open the referenced article. Does it say Boeing has already won this contract or is it out for bids?


User currently offlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3396 posts, RR: 29
Reply 12, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5802 times:

So 30 more years of TF-33 engines? Wonder if any of the designers of that engine is still alive...

User currently offlineAirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5753 times:

Quoting silentbob (Reply 4):
Payload would be my guess
Quoting 474218 (Reply 11):
Does it say Boeing has already won this contract or is it out for bids?

Yeah, don't think anyone not named Boeing got a shot on this handout....

http://www.ktbs.com/news/25256420/detail.html

Quote:

B-52s To Get $12 Billion In Upgrades
The Pentagon has awarded a $12 billion contract to help modernize B-52 weapons systems over the next eight years.

The majority of the Air Force's fleet of the bombers are located at Barksdale Air Force Base.

The contract was awarded to Boeing.

The Air Force also announced that its cyberwarfare unit is now fully operational at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

Barksdale was a favorite to get cyber command before it went to Texas. Barksdale now has command over the nuclear arsenal.


User currently offlineRaginMav From United States of America, joined May 2004, 375 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5547 times:

Quoting AirRyan (Reply 13):
Barksdale was a favorite to get cyber command before it went to Texas. Barksdale now has command over the nuclear arsenal.

Completely off topic... Barksdale didn't get Cyber command? My home town Offutt AFB was in the running, and we were dissapointed to see it go to Barksdale... and now I find out it went elsewhere!?!?

Back on topic: The USAF will need a bomb truck for the next 30 years, no doubt, and I think it's a good thing they are keeping the BUFFs properly equipped. $140 million per plane for modernization and 8 years of support actually doesn't sound that bad to me. I can't believe I just said that!


User currently offlinebhill From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 928 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5219 times:

I think it's a great deal...keep in mind all of the training costs on a new airframe for both flightdeck and ground support staff.


Carpe Pices
User currently offlineJoeCanuck From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 5323 posts, RR: 30
Reply 16, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5181 times:

Quoting RaginMav (Reply 14):
Back on topic: The USAF will need a bomb truck for the next 30 years, no doubt, and I think it's a good thing they are keeping the BUFFs properly equipped. $140 million per plane for modernization and 8 years of support actually doesn't sound that bad to me. I can't believe I just said that!

I really wonder what the are doing for the upgrades? The C-5M upgrade costs less and includes new engines. Of course, the C-5 doesn't face the same hazards but that seems like a lot of cash for electronics only.



What the...?
User currently offlinecosmofly From United States of America, joined May 2009, 649 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5144 times:

Quoting RaginMav (Reply 14):
The USAF will need a bomb truck for the next 30 years

With total control of enemy air space, wouldn't it be cheaper to buy used 747 and modify them to do the job? Long term operating cost will also be cheaper.


User currently offlineSinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1599 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4980 times:

Quoting AirRyan (Reply 13):
Yeah, don't think anyone not named Boeing got a shot on this handout....

I'm sure people said the same thing about Lockheed when the C-130 AMP program was out for bid back in 2000....... It went to Boeing.



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