first published on January 2, 2019 by Will
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.
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.
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.