The US Air Force signed a contract with Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to create a new cruise missile for long-range bombers. This was reported by the press service of the US Air Force.
"This weapon is modernizing the air branch of our nuclear triad. Deterrence works if our adversaries know that we can keep things that they value under threat. This weapon will increase our ability to do this and we need to modernize it in terms of costs," said Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson
According to the press service, two contracts were signed, each company receives $ 900 million with an approximate 54-month deadline. It is planned that after successful completion of the work the Center for Nuclear Weapons of the Air Force will have to choose one contractor for the development and production of equipment.
"Together with Secretary Wilson we are responsible for organizing, training, equipping and presenting ready nuclear forces to the commander of strategic command," said the Chief of Staff of the Air Force David L. Goldfein.