Boe­ing and Lock­heed Martin team for US Air Force bomber pro­gramme


The Boe­ing Com­pany and Lock­heed Martin Cor­po­ra­tion are team­ing to com­pete for the United States Air Force’s lon­grange strike bomber pro­gramme, with Boe­ing act­ing as the prime con­trac­tor and Lock­heed Martin as the pri­mary team­mate. To this crit­i­cal mis­sion, the team brings to­gether nearly two cen­turies of com­bined ex­pe­ri­ence de­sign­ing, de­vel­op­ing and test­ing air­craft for de­fence cus­tomers around the world. The com­pa­nies also bring ex­per­tise in in­te­grat­ing proven tech­nolo­gies, and their skilled work­forces and crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture and scale, to meet the US Air Force’s cost and sched­ule re­quire­ments.

“Boe­ing and Lock­heed Martin are bring­ing to­gether the best of the two en­ter­prises, and the rest of in­dus­try, in sup­port of the lon­grange strike bomber pro­gramme, and we are hon­ored to sup­port our US Air Force cus­tomer and this im­por­tant na­tional pri­or­ity,” said Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Den­nis Muilen­burg, Boe­ing De­fense, Space & Se­cu­rity. “Sta­ble plan­ning, along with ef­fi­cient and af­ford­able de­vel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion ap­proaches, en­ables our team to re­duce de­vel­op­ment risk by lever­ag­ing ma­ture tech­nolo­gies and in­te­grat­ing ex­ist­ing sys­tems.”

Sep­a­rately the com­pa­nies are de­vel­op­ing two of the Air Force’s top pri­or­i­ties, the KC-46 tanker and F-35 Light­ning II, re­spec­tively, and they part­nered on the F-22 Rap­tor stealth fighter. Each has de­liv­ered key Air Force ca­pa­bil­i­ties in­clud­ing the B-1B bomber, F-15E strike fighter, and F-117 and F-16 fight­ers. The team will be able to pro­duce unique and af­ford­able so­lu­tions that could not be achieved with­out part­ner­ing.

“Build­ing on decades of manned and un­manned weapon sys­tems ex­pe­ri­ence, we’re proud to bring our col­lec­tion of tech­nolo­gies, ca­pa­bil­i­ties and re­sources to af­ford­ably de­sign, de­velop, pro­duce and sus­tain the bomber pro­gramme,” said Or­lando Car­valho, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent of Lock­heed Martin Aero­nau­tics. “We’re con­fi­dent that our team will meet the well-de­fined sys­tem re­quire­ments and de­liver a world-class next-gen­er­a­tion lon­grange strike bomber to the US Air Force within the bud­get and time frame re­quired.”

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