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USAF chief: cost is 'independent variable' on bomber

14 November 2013

Key Points

  • The USAF's top uniformed official said keeping costs down on the service's developmental bomber is critical
  • Gen Welsh said he believes adequate acquisition oversight is in place

Keeping costs down is a top priority for the US Air Force's (USAF's) plans to buy a new long-range bomber, but enough money should be available to make it a 'capable machine', according to General Mark Welsh, the USAF's Chief of Staff.

The USAF's current plan is to build 80 to 100 aircraft at a unit price of about USD550 million per copy.

"Cost is going to be a no-kidding independent variable in this," said Gen Welsh during a 13 November media breakfast.



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