The $3.7 billion figure that some senior Pentagon officials have been citing as the funding for the future long-range-strike family of systems over the next five fiscal years is actually the amount of money programmed for the Air Force's Next Generation Bomber over that span, according to Air Force officials and Fiscal 2012 budget documents issued in February 2011. The future years defense program does include money for the other LRS elements, such as $800 million for development of a new nuclear-capable cruise missile. Here, a B-52 bomber, one of the mainstays of the Air Force's current long-range bomber fleet, performs a flyover at the 2010 Farnborough International Air Show outside of London, July 22, 2010.
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