News

March 9, 2016
 

Air Force announces major subcontractors for B-21

Stuart Ibberson
editor

During a Pentagon briefing, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James named seven companies who will join Northrop Grumman in building the B-21 Long Range Stealth Bomber.

Almost five months after awarding Northrop the contract, it has emerged that Pratt & Whitney will be building the new planes engines.
The engine, as expected, will be built at the Pratt & Whitney East Hartford, Conn., facility according to James.

The other six industry partners named March 7 will work on “airframe or mission systems” for the new plane, James said.

These contractors are: BAE Systems, working out of Nashua, N.H.; GKN Aerospace in St. Louis, Mo.; Janicki Industries in Sedro-Woolley, Wash.; Orbital ATK in Clearfield, Utah, and Dayton, Ohio; Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kansas.
Further details about which components each contractor would make were not forthcoming.

The announcement comes as the Air Force is attempting to be more transparent and build support for the expensive program, especially on Capitol Hill, James said.

The B-21 is already under fire from some quarters as it battles for funding against other Air Force and Pentagon priorities; and earlier this month, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, threatened to block the program.

“The B-2 remained in the shadows for too long, it remained classified — too many details remained classified too long,” James said. “In the case of the B-21, we are leaning forward and we are trying to be more transparent and we are going to continue to do so.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines – February 15, 2019

News Former Air Force tech sergeant who defected to Iran charged with spying – A former Air Force counterintelligence specialist, a technical sergeant, who defected to Iran about five years after leaving the Air Force, has been charged with revealing classified information as well as research about her former colleagues to representatives of the Tehran...
 
 

News Briefs – February 15, 2019

Pentagon official assures Iraqis of limited U.S. military role The top Pentagon official assured Iraqi leaders Feb. 12 that the U.S. will stick to its limited military role in Iraq, a message aimed at recent talk by some Iraqi politicians of forcing a U.S. troop withdrawal. Pat Shanahan, the acting secretary of defense, said that...
 
 

High Desert Hangar Stories: Tony LeVier and the wall

Courtesy photograph Tony LeVier and ground crew with the XF-90. With all due respect to the rock group Pink Floyd, back in 1950 there were very few “bricks in the wall” known as the sound barrier. Today, a multitude of pilo...