The Radant Technologies Division of Communications & Power Industries (CPI) has received a $4.1 million firm-fixed price contract to support the U.S. Air Force’s B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber fleet.
The approximately two-year contract, which was awarded by Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Aviation, calls for new forward nose radomes to replace existing radomes on the USAF B-52 aircraft. These replacement radomes are expected to be higher performance and more supportable than the previous forward nose radomes on the long-range strategic bomber.
Headquartered in Stow, Mass., CPI’s Radant Technologies Division has provided radomes for the U.S. Air Force fleet of B-52 subsonic bombers for several years. In 2011, DLA Aviation awarded Radant Technologies a seven-year, $45 million contract to replace aged and unsupportable radomes under the B-52 Radomes Replacement Program.
“The B-52 aircraft is expected to remain a key asset for the U.S. Air Force beyond 2040, and it is critical for its suppliers to be dependable and to provide reliable, state-of-the-art products. CPI Radant Technologies Division has proven that it is up for the challenge and is proud of its 100 percent on-time delivery record for this program,” said Tim Smith, president of CPI Radant Technologies Division.
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is an American long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber.
The B-52 was designed and built by Boeing, which has continued to provide support and upgrades. The bomber is capable of carrying up to 70,000 pounds (32,000 kg) of weapons, and has a typical combat range of more than 8,800 miles (14,080 km) without aerial refueling.
The bomber has been operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) since the 1950s. All B-52s are currently under the command of the USAF’s Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC).
The B-52 completed sixty years of continuous service with its original operator in 2015. After being upgraded between 2013 and 2015, it is expected to serve into the 2050s.