Strong indication of prototype activity
The boss of USAF acquisition William LaPlante spoke at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on March 19 and indicated that the forthcoming Long Range Strike – Bomber (LRS-B) will be structured for a fixed-price production phase. Fixed-price contracts have tended to be associated with mature programs where cost implications are well understood thorough knowledge of development phases. While the competitors Lockheed Martin/Boeing and Northrop Grumman will have spent a considerable amount of time and money on their respective bids, and with a development phase planned to start following contract award, it suggests that the respective bids will be based on fairly mature technology and research. In an interview with Air Force Magazine last year, Mr LaPlante said the LRS-B would not be chosen based on drawings alone but by evaluating ‘variants … of technical articles; … prototypes, if you want to call it.’ This indicates that both parties may well have technology demonstrators that are already flying…
USAF has said it plans to decide the winner of the LRS-B competition in June.
Organisers of the RAF Cosford Air Show today confirmed that the world famous Red Arrows would again be headlining the show on Sunday 14th June 2015.
Acknowledged as one of the best aerobatic display teams in the world, the Red Arrows have recently revealed a new paint scheme for their Hawk aircraft this year, showcasing them as the ‘Best of British’. The team’s display mixes graceful nine-ship formations with thrilling synchro manoeuvres, all of which involve their patriotic red, white & blue smoke.
Air show spokesperson Peter Reoch said: “The Red Arrows inspire and entertain millions of people annually and we are extremely pleased to see them returning to RAF Cosford. The flying display for this year’s show is filling up fast, with a carefully selected mix of exciting military aircraft, historic warbirds and entertaining civilian acts.”
With the news of the Red Arrows attendance, organisers are again reminding visitors of the new advance ticket only policy, which means unlike previous shows tickets will not be sold at the gate. Adult tickets, priced at £22, are already on sale online and will be available from selected outlets from April.
For the first time, tickets for the RAF Cosford Air Show 2015 are advance sale only. Adult tickets are priced £22.00 with accompanied under-16s coming free! For more details on the event and to purchase tickets, visitwww.cosfordairshow.co.uk