Boeing and Lockheed Martin team are interested in knowing how the Long Range Strike-Bomber competition was scored in terms of price and risk.
In a response to the US Air Force’s decision to award Northrop Grumman with the $60 billion LRSB contract, Boeing and Lockheed Martin in a joint statement released Tuesday said that they were disappointed with the announcement.
“We are interested in knowing how the competition was scored in terms of price and risk, as we believe that the combination of Boeing and Lockheed Martin offers unparalleled experience, capability and resources for this critically important recapitalization program,” the statement said.
Boeing and Lockheed Martin had teamed up to offer their own solution to the project. Northrop is expected to build some 21 airframes as a first order from the Pentagon.
The LRS-B is the successor to the US B-2 bombers and is expected to retain American superiority over Russia and China in long range bombers which can drop nuclear bombs. The stealth aircraft is expected to have a several cutting edge technologies, details of which are not immediately known.
One report said that the LRS-B could have laser weapons in addition to nuclear weapons.