PALMDALE, Calif., April 14 (UPI) -- Finishing the development phase for the B-2 stealth bomber radar system gives the long-range jet a foundation for 21st-century missions, developers said.
Northrop Grumman Corp. announced it completed the system development and demonstration phase of the B-2 radar modernization program for the U.S. military.
Dave Mazur, program manager of the B-2 program at Northrop Grumman, said the completion updates the B-2 fleet with the most modern radar technology available.
"The new radar allows the jet to perform the nation's most critical missions while giving it the technological foundation for enhanced capabilities in the future," he added.
The radar modernization replaces the original radar system from the early 1980s with up-to-date technology.
The B-2 is a long-range stealth bomber that can fly more than 6,000 miles without refueling.
Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the B-2 fleet. Installation of the B-2 radar upgrades is scheduled for a 2012 completion date.