B-52 CONECT system poised for LRIP
Boeing has announced that its B-52 Combat Network Communications Technology (CONECT) is set to receive low rate initial production (LRIP) authorization from the US Air Force (USAF) following completion the test flight programme. According to the company, the flight test programme was conducted at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., by Boeing and the Air Force.
The CONECT modification provides the ability to change a mission, as well as change the target of a weapon, while the B-52 is in flight. The system provides increased situational awareness for B-52 crews by adding several communication data links and full-colour LCD displays with real-time intelligence feeds overlaid on moving maps. CONECT also enables future B-52 improvements with its onboard, high-speed network.
The CONECT programme is now ready to be reviewed by the customer. Boeing expects Milestone C authorisation for LRIP in mid 2012.
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