USAF: New B-52 Engines Needed

Posted October 20, 2014 at 10:27am

Defense News reports that “the head of US Air Force Global Strike Command wants the service to consider installing new engines on its aging B-52 fleet, but budget realities could intervene.”  

“’I’ve got people looking at it. I can’t say I’m going to gain any traction on it, but I’ve got people looking at it,’ Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson told reporters last week at an event hosted by the Mitchell Institute.”  

“While noting that there is no money planned in the fiscal 2016 budget request for such a program, Wilson said industry representatives have expressed confidence that putting newer engines on the bombers could reduce fuel consumption and sustainment costs.”