Bombers Away? The B-1 Could Be Near Its Demise!

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Nixon launched it, Carter killed it and Reagan resurrected it. In its infancy, the Air Force's B-1 bomber was a quick and dirty military metaphor — Republicans wanted to buy weapons to defend the nation from the Soviet Union, and Democrats didn't. Now it could become a different kind of symbol: the Air Force is thinking of retiring its total 66-plane B-1 fleet to hit budget targets set by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Top Air Force officials met behind closed doors late last week to determine if permanently grounding the B-1 fleet makes sense.
No decision has yet been announced, and there's always a chance the service is bluffing. After all, news of the B-1 early retirement first cropped up in a blog maintained by Air Force magazine, an independent publication whose interests still tend to be pretty much in sync with those of the Air Force itself.


Read more: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2000020,00.html#ixzz0sFGCqkuK

so B-1B bombers going to retire.!!!
 

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Pretty much a step child since its launch. Great design it is. As it is there is a discussion on relevance of a bomber in todays age for which we also have a thread on DFI. The coming of the UCAVs also probably has a role to play in this. What next? B2s? Its pretty expensive to maintain those too.
 

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Pretty much a step child since its launch. Great design it is. As it is there is a discussion on relevance of a bomber in todays age for which we also have a thread on DFI. The coming of the UCAVs also probably has a role to play in this. What next? B2s? Its pretty expensive to maintain those too.
i think every advanced Fighters or Bombers are expensive to maintain, this even happened in cutting of F-22 numbers.
may be Russian Fighters and bombers are cheap to buy and maintain compared to west.!!! so still RuAF depends more on Tu-95 then Tu-160.
 

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The cost factor has increased due to the American perseverance with stealth which is anyway becoming a standard feature in all aircrafts of the future. Problem is that America is now finding increasingly difficult to fund and will look to strike a balance. Before they took the liberty to have all kinds of weapons system. Now they will look at using multi role aircrafts i guess.
 

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Pretty much a step child since its launch. Great design it is. As it is there is a discussion on relevance of a bomber in todays age for which we also have a thread on DFI. The coming of the UCAVs also probably has a role to play in this. What next? B2s? Its pretty expensive to maintain those too.
Yusuf, there's no way they're going to retire the B-2's. Those are some killer babies.
They're going to upgrade them, and also the B-52's (which are MUCH MUCH cheaper)

Now new bombers for the USAF till 2025, (the 6gen bomber program)
 

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