- 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.