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January 22, 1992|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Northrop Sees a Bright Future: A Northrop official said that even if the Pentagon limits the B-2 program to just 16 aircraft, it will emerge as a "vibrant" company with up to a $2-billion line of credit for future acquisitions. The official said the company plans to be a survivor in the industry consolidation and would not be unwilling to acquire a company larger than itself. President Bush is expected to announce a big cutback in the B-2 program next week, possibly cutting future production from 75 aircraft to as few as 20.

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