Boeing Receives $400 Million To Keep B-1 And B-52 Bombers Flying

first published on January 2, 2019 by

According to a new Department of Defense press release, Boeing has been awarded a $400 million contract to keep the aging fleet of B-1 and B-52 bombers updated and operational.

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The contracted engineering work is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2019, and will take place on Air Force bases in California, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

The B-52 “Stratofortress” has been in service with the US Air Force since the 1950’s and is expected to remain in service until the 2050’s. That’s right, a century of flight and military service. Impressive.

The B-1 “Lancer” is a long-range, multi-mission, supersonic conventional bomber, which has served the United States Air Force since 1985. It is expected to remain in service until the 2040’s. B-1 aircraft are slated to be incrementally retired as the replacement B-21 enters service.

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As part of this new contract, the B-1 Lancer will be given upgraded weapons capabilities along with new avionics and communications technologies that will include new aircrew displays and in-flight data sharing abilities using the new Integrated Battle Station.

The B-1 has been almost nonstop deployed for decades, flying sorties over Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.

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