posted on Aug, 12 2007 @ 02:59 PM
I suspect the high production costs have to do with the way the numbers fluctuated, and penalties for canceling airframes. From what I can remember
of reading other sources, most contracts have a certain number of airframes that have to be bought to get the cost to a lower amount. If you cancel
airframes and drop below that number, they add penalties to the contract amount that bring the cost up. The catch with the B-2s that we have now is
that the cost would drop pretty big after the first 20. The first 20 would run them $2.2B/airframe, after that it would have dropped to
Initial procurement was for 132 airframes, with nuclear capability. After the Soviet Union started to crumble, it was changed to conventional
capability, and dropped to 20+1. The one being a testbed that wasn't planned to be upgraded to operational standards.