EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., March 19 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman announced the beginning of its next-generation technology upgrade for the U.S. Air Force's B-2 stealth bomber aircraft program.
U.S. defense company Northrop Grumman was selected by the Air Force to integrate the B-2 stealth bomber aircraft with extremely high frequency satellite communications technologies.
The EHF satellite communications, expected to increase communications capabilities of the B-2 by an estimated 100 times over current data transfer speeds, is part of the first increment of the EHF program.
"EHF Increment 1 puts in place the high-speed data handling infrastructure that the B-2 will need to perform its most advanced communications and weapons delivery missions in the future," Col. Kevin Harms, Air Force 702nd Aeronautical Systems Group commander, said in a statement.
"The beginning of hardware installation means that we are making solid progress getting this new capability out of the lab and into the hands of the warfighter."