US Air Force LRS-B Bomber Thread

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    Boeing Protests Northrop's Long Range Strike Bomber Contract
    source: http://www.defensenews.com/story/de...s-long-range-strike-bomber-contract/75225206/
     
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    ... related:
    Tanker Fiasco Again? Boeing-Lockheed Protest Northrop’s LRSB Win
    ... size-limit reached; source: http://breakingdefense.com/2015/11/tanker-fiasco-again-boeing-lockheed-protest-northrops-lrsb-win/
     
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    Media hype.

    It is not a fiasco, and unlikely to become one.

    Protests like this have become standard faire.
     
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    The only way LM/Boeing has an actual chance is if their LRSB had some sort of supersonic flight capability, and the JH-XX/H-18 suddenly flies in the next couple of years.

    And that's still a pretty big if.
     
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    Can you please keep your JHXX/H-18 opinion where it belongs. This is a thread on the LRS-B.
     
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    Oh, knock it off with the faux-rage.

    I'm using it to describe how low the chances of a successful Boeing/LM protest are.

    If the best case for your bid to succeed is that someone else flies a plane that shares the same feature as yours, and hope that Congressional "me too! why can't we have a new supersonic bomber" outrage carries the day, the only good from protesting is the tax write off from your legal fees.
     
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    Neither of the Teams offered supersonic. both were high subsonic.
     
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    You should at least attempt to understand the basis of the protest which is challenging the assumptions used to determine cost outcome and risk in product delivery. As TE pointed out it has nothing to do with speed.
     
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    Which is the point. Given that the USAF used two independent cost estimates and a very tight in house acquisition process, Boeing/LM's chances on those grounds are pretty much kaput.

    Thus, they might as well hope for the JH-XX to fly, or the moon to be made out of blue cheese.
     
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    If it's any consolation to Lockheed Martin, they're probably well positioned to win the "2037 bomber" (that's the apparent name for the rumored hypersonic strike aircraft), if and when the SR-72 is picked up.
     
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