WASHINGTON — The cost of deploying a fleet of 100 B-1B bombers will exceed initial estimates by more than $6 billion, according to a congressional study released Sunday by the House Armed Services Committee.
The additional money is primarily for a variety of items that are not part of the formal B-1B program but which are required to field the planes, said the panel's chairman, Rep. Les Aspin (D-Wis.).
The items include flight simulators and some spare parts for the planes, Aspin said. In the past, those have been included in the budget programs of other planes.
The additional costs of $6.2 billion detailed by the General Accounting Office, a congressional watchdog agency, would bring the total B-1B program cost to $27.9 billion.