B-2 Stealth Bomber performs a flyover at the 126th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California

Bomber decision due in August or September: U.S. Air Force

B-2 Stealth Bomber performs a flyover at the 126th Rose Parade in Pasadena, CaliforniaBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force still aims to award a long-awaited contract for a new long-range strike bomber in August, but the decision could slip into September, Air Force Secretary Deborah James said Wednesday, adding it was crucial to “do it right.” Northrop Grumman Corp, maker of the B-2 bomber, is competing against team made up of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp for a contract that could be worth $50 billion to $80 billion to the winning bidder. “We don’t want to drag our feet but we don’t want to rush because if you rush, you might not get it right.” The two teams are competing to build 80 to 100 new bombers for the Air Force at cost of no more than $550 million per aircraft, one of few new large-scale aircraft programs to kick off in recent years.

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