Mar 16, 2014

USAF delays LRSO again, this time by three years

The US Air Force has once again delayed development of its long-range standoff (LRSO) weapon, announcing it will push back a contract award by three years until fiscal year 2018.
The service, which had expected to award a contract in fiscal year 2015, attributes the delay to budget constraints.
The latest delay follows a two-year delay, from 2013 to 2015.
The LRSO programme seeks to develop a weapon that can penetrate and survive integrated air defence systems.
LRSO weapons would be carried by the service’s future long-range strike bomber (LRS-B), which the service hopes to field by the mid-2020s.
The USAF is required to have an operational LRSO weapon by around 2030, before the service retires its nuclear and conventionally armed Boeing AGM-86B air-launched cruise missiles.
The USAF has said it plans to extend the service life of those weapons, which are typically launched from Boeing B-52 aircraft, until at least 2030.

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