The first U.S. Air Force B-52 aircraft has arrived at Boeing [NYSE: B.A.] to begin upgrades as part of the Radar Modernization Program (RMP).
The RMP program will give the B-52 “fighter-like” radar capabilities, increasing navigation accuracy, targeting, and tracking, and will provide new, high-resolution mapping. The new radar will also be able to engage multiple targets simultaneously.
“The B-52 brings unique, critical capabilities to the U.S. Air Force as they move to a future two-bomber platform strategy,” said Jennifer Wong, director of Bomber Programs. “By modernizing the B-52 radar, we’re increasing the relevancy of the aircraft for the warfighter for close air support or strategic attack.”
Following the on-schedule completion of the radar program Critical Design Review, Boeing began low-rate initial production of the new radar system for operational testing and evaluation. Work on B-52 modernization occurs at Boeing sites in Oklahoma City and San Antonio.
RMP program upgrades include a new, wide-band radome on the aircraft’s nose; two high-definition, touch-screen, large area displays; two display sensor system processors that will connect the radar with other B-52 systems; two hand controllers and a modern active electronically scanned array radar.