by Stephen Carlson
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Raytheon has received a $50 million for uprades and engineering services for the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber radar system, the Department of Defense announced on Friday.
The contract will address obsolescence problems with the B-2 radar and will include testing, integration and repairs of radar components to bring them up to current operational standards.
Work will be performed at El Segundo, Calif., and is projected to be completed by July 5, 2020. No Air Force funds were obligated at this time.
The B-2 Spirit long-range heavy stealth bomber is tasked with delivering both conventional munitions and nuclear weapons. It is the only class of large stealth bomber currently in use.
Its primary mission is to strike heavily defended high-value targets using its stealth capabilities to avoid enemy detection by radar, infrared and electromagnetic energy sensors. The B-2s flying wing design, composite materials, radar absorbing coatings and other stealth systems make it very difficult to detect, track and engage using guided weapons systems.
It can carry most conventional air-to-ground ordinance in use by the U.S. Air Force, ranging from conventional bombs to the Massive Ordinance Penetrator for highly fortified targets. It has intercontinental range with in-flight refueling and forms a key part of the U.S. airborne nuclear deterrent.
The B-2 was designed to penetrate heavy Soviet Union air defenses during a potential nuclear conflict and saw its first flight in 1989. Its first combat use was during Operation Allied Force against Serbian targets and currently operates out of Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.
The B-2 is expected to eventually be replaced by the B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber currently under development.
Washington (UPI) Jul 6, 2017
Lockheed Martin has received a $50.8 million modification to a previously awarded contract for the F-35 Lighning II verification simulation systems. The contract calls for software model development, integration and support for the VSim. The project will be carried out in Fort Worth, Texas, Naval Air Station Patuxent, Md., and Edwards Air Force Base in California. Work is expecte ... read more
Aerospace News at SpaceMart.com
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|