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Air Force: Ground Based Strategic Deterrent development costs jumped 20 percent

February 22, 2018 |
Jason Sherman Rachel Karas
The estimated price tag to develop the Air Force's new intercontinental ballistic missile is now $21.7 billion -- a 20 percent jump compared to the service's estimate last year -- a revision that comes after Northrop Grumman and Boeing were tapped last summer to develop prototypes for a Minuteman III replacement. The Air Force's FY-19 budget request for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent program seeks $345 million as part of a down payment on $8 billion across the service's new five-year...

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