Tuesday, the Pentagon has announced Christmas will come a little early for Northrop Grumman, in the form of a gigantic contract for the US Air Force's new and evocatively-named Long Range Strike Bomber, also known as LRS-B. Northrop Grumman beat out a joint bid from Lockheed Martin and Boeing.
Because nothing costing tens of billions of dollars is ever simple, the costs for this plane have some qualifiers. But, if you take all the engineering, the manufacturing, and all that, and assume that they'll spread the cost out over the planned 100 aircraft, the total comes to $72.5 billion dollar...
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