Pratt & Whitney heads up the list of Long Range Strike Bomber (LRSB) subcontractors released by the Air Force on Monday.
Pratt & Whitney is developing the engine, Air Force Secretary Deborah James told reporters at the Pentagon. Other subcontractors, working on the airframe or mission systems, are: GKN Aerospace, Janicki Industries, Orbital ATK [OA], Rockwell Collins [COL], BAE Systems and Spirit Aerosystems. Air Force Assistant Secretary for Acquisition Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch Monday declined to provide further specifics on what each subcontractor would work on.
James said the Air Force plans to provide further details about the new bomber in the future, including its current year price. Bunch said the service would also like to release the contract value and is in the process of redacting the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) bid protest decision. Northrop Grumman [NOC] was awarded the LRSB contract and survived a bid protest from the losing team of Boeing [BA] and Lockheed Martin [LMT].
Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. [UTX]. LRSB is officially designated B-21.