U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates suggested on Tuesday that the Pentagon's ambitious goal of fielding a new long-range bomber by 2018 may slip after all, given the current world economic crisis...
Boeing and Lockheed Martin teamed up last year to compete for the bomber contract, vying against Northrop Grumman, which built the B-2.
Defense analysts say the project to build a subsonic, manned bomber with a range of about 2,000 miles, could be worth about $10 billion or more to U.S. defense contractors.
I think the best plan for the US economy right now is to award the bomber contract to Northrop Grumman and then award the KC-X contract to Boeing.
Northrop Grumman will likely employ more Americans building this bomber then they will do final assembly on the KC-30A and the KC-X program will keep the 767 line employed for decades.
With talks of a larger F-22 buy and production of the F-35 soon to start, Lockheed Martin will have plenty of work to go around, as well.
It's a win-win for the US defense companies and US defense workers exactly like the EU doing what it takes to keep the A400M program alive to take care of their defense industry and workers, as well.
Link to Reuters Article.