CONTENT PREVIEW
Air Platforms

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.



(112 of 437 words)
By posting a comment you confirm that you have read and accept our Posting Rules and our Terms of Use of this site.

RELEVANT PROFILE LISTINGS

  • Aero Surveillance AS 450

    Type High-endurance multi-role UAV. Development The AS 450 high-endurance multi-role UAV is the result of a technical and marketing partnership between Aero Surveillance and Norwegian contractor Robot Aviation AS which was announced during June 2014. As such, Aero Surveillance describes the AS

  • Aero Surveillance AS 50 EC

    Type Fixed-wing surveillance UAV. Development Aero Surveillance characterises the AS 50 EC as being a 'small tactical UAV' that is suitable for applications such as military ISR, convoy protection, oil/gas infrastructure monitoring, environmental monitoring, agricultural support and

  • Aero Surveillance ASV 150

    Type VTOL surveillance UAV. Development Aero Surveillance characterises its ASV 150 VTOL surveillance UAV as being suitable for a range of applications including military surveillance, convoy protection, unexploded ordnance detection, law enforcement, infrastructure (including power lines,

  • Aero Surveillance ASV 200

    Type ASV 200 VTOL surveillance UAV. Development Aero Surveillance characterises its ASV 200 UAS as being suitable for a range of applications including military surveillance (ISR), convoy protection, unexploded ordnance detection, law enforcement, infrastructure (including oil/gas facilities and

  • Kamov Ka-175

    Type Land-based/shipboard VTOL surveillance UAV. Development IHS Jane's became aware of the Ka-175 in mid-2014 at which time, the AV was under development and was described as having reached the detailed design documentation/mock-up stage. Again, the platform was said to be being developed for use

ADVERTISEMENT

Industry Links

IHS Jane's is not responsible for the content within or linking from Industry Links pages.
ADVERTISEMENT