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Boeing gets new order for B-52 communications upgrade kits

Boeing is providing more technology kits to the U.S. Air Force to modernize B-52 bomber combat network communications.

By Richard Tomkins
Boeing gets new order for B-52 communications upgrade kits
A B-52 takes to the air at an international exhibition in Britain. Photo: Adrian Pingstone.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Boeing has received another full rate production contract from the U.S. Air Force for kits to upgrade combat network communications on B-52 bombers.

The contract is for 10 CONECT systems, which give the B-52 Stratofortress digital communications capabilities.

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The enhancements include full-color LCD displays, with real-time intelligence feeds overlaid on moving maps; communication data links that connect by satellite to other platforms and troops in the field; and an onboard, high-speed network that enables aircrew to respond quickly to a mission change and engage new targets, the company said.

"CONECT gives the B-52 the agility and flexibility needed for the modern battlefield while also providing greater situational awareness for the aircrew," said Scot Oathout, Boeing's B-52 program director.

The new contract brings the number of B-52s receiving the upgrade to 30. Installation of the technology is performed by Air Force personnel at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., during a B-52s regularly scheduled depot maintenance period.

Boeing did not disclose the monetary value of the contract.

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