February 24, 2006—In its annual look at defense spending, the Congressional Budget Office projects the age and inventory of the Air Force’s long range strike force—B-1B, B-2, and B-52 bombers—through 2024. However, USAF now plans to retire 40 percent of its B-52s to help fund upgrades to the remainder of the LRS fleet. The Pentagon also wants the service to move up the timetable on the next-generation LRS platform. It started working toward a fielding date of around 2037; that was shifted to 2025; now the new target is 2018.
Source: Congressional Budget Office, “The Long Term Implications of Current Defense Plans and Alternatives: Detailed Updtate for Fiscal Year 2006.
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