NG wins LRS-B

New USAF bomber competition winner announced

On 27 October, the USAF announced the contract award of engineering and manufacturing development and early production for the Long Range Strike Bomber, or LRS-B, to Northrop Grumman Corp.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said during a Pentagon briefing: ‘Today, it’s vital to innovate and reinvest in the people, strategies, and technologies that will allow America’s military to be dominant in the second aerospace century. I’ve made such innovation a hallmark of my commitment to the future of America’s military.’ More in the January issue of CA.

Civilian aggressors

Draken International wins USAF aggressor contract

Draken International has won a new adversary support contract from the USAF, using its A-4Ks and new L-159s to generate cost savings for the Air Force by preserving its F-16s and F-15s. On September 30, Aero Vodochody Aerospace handed over a first L-159E ALCA jet trainer for Draken International. These will be located at Nellis AFB to support the new contract.