Saturday, August 24, 2019

The B-2 Bomber Is Still Getting "Game-Changing" Upgrades

U.S. Air Force Major General James Dawkins, head of Eighth Air Force, the service's top strategic bomber unit, speaks at the ceremony at Plant 42 on Aug. 20, 2019.

Warzone/The Drive: The B-2 Bomber Is Still Getting "Game-Changing" Upgrades As Focus Shifts To The B-21

The upgrades the B-2 and its sustainment program are getting now will have a direct influence on the capabilities of the B-21 in the future.

The War Zone recently had a chance to visit Northrop Grumman's facilities at the Air Force's Plant 42 complex as part of an event to mark the 30th anniversary of the first flight of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. Northrop said it has and continues to leverage lessons from the B-2 program to support work on the new B-21 Raider, but also highlighted how it is still adding "game-changing" capabilities to the existing Spirits, including major upgrades as part of the Defensive Management System Modernization program, as well as improving the processes for sustaining and maintaining the bombers. America's stealth bombers still have many years of life left in them and will find themselves flying alongside B-21s, at least for a period, as the Air Force begins to take delivery of the new aircraft in the next few years.

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WNU Editor: These "upgrades" will ensure that this bomber will be operational far in the future.

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