Boeing has been awarded a $14.3 billion indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for the modification, modernization, engineering, sustainment and test of weapons systems of the U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers.
The contract was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. This B-1/B-52 Flexible Acquisition and Sustainment contract provides for the upcoming modernization and sustainment efforts to increase lethality, enhance survivability, improve supportability, and increase responsiveness.
The contract work will be performed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is expected to be complete by April 11, 2029.
B-1B Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress are two of three strategic bombers in the U.S. Air Force fleet, the other being the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. All these bombers are operated by the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC).
Rockwell B-1B Lancer
The Rockwell B-1B Lancer is a supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber and is commonly called the “Bone” (from “B-One”). It was developed by Rockwell International (now part of Boeing).
The U.S. Air Force had 60+ B-1Bs in service. The B-1B is expected to continue to serve into the 2030s, with the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider to begin replacing the B-1B after 2025. The B-1s currently in inventory will be retired by 2036.
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber designed and built by Boeing. It has been operated by the USAF since the 1950s.
The bomber is capable of carrying up to 70,000 pounds (32,000 kg) of weapons, and has a typical combat range of more than 8,800 miles (14,080 km) without aerial refueling.
The B-52 completed sixty years of continuous service with its original operator in 2015. After being upgraded between 2013 and 2015, it is expected to serve into the 2050s.