Accession Number:

ADA478268

Title:

The Next Generation Bomber: Background, Oversight Issues, and Options for Congress

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-03-07

Pagination or Media Count:

34.0

Abstract:

The Air Force is in the initial stages of formalizing a new bomber aircraft acquisition program. This program, in accordance with Department of Defense DOD and congressional mandates, is to produce a new long-range strike aircraft to be operational by 2018. Air Force plans for acquiring a new bomber aircraft have been accelerated by about 20 years from earlier projections because of a combination of the Air Force s desire to retire a portion of its B-52 fleet and DOD s perception of a developing bomber capability gap. Defense analysts have estimated that it will cost between 8 billion and 10 billion to develop a new bomber using current or soon-to-mature technologies.

Subject Categories:

  • Bombers
  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE