Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRSB)
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The Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRSB), previously known as the Next-Generation Bomber, is envisioned to be a multi-role bomber with intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities that will replace aging B-52 and B-1 bombers currently in the fleet. The Air Force hopes to field the aircraft in the mid 2020s. The concept could involve a "family" of systems including unmanned aircraft and a future cruise missile.
The program's predecessor, the Next Generation Bomber, was to be a medium bomber that the Air Force would field in 2018. However, the service cancelled the program in 2009 in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis and went back to the drawing board. The Air Force moved ahead with the LRSB concept in early 2011.
Northrop Grumman and a Boeing/Lockheed Martin team are likely to be the top competitors for the program.
TOTAL PROJECTED INVENTORY
Spring 2015 - Contract award
2025 - Initial Operational Capability (IOC)
Not available; program still in development.