L3 Technologies Inc. has been awarded a modification, worth around $15.5 million, to a previously awarded contract for B-2 training systems.
The contract modification is for a 12-month extension and option for defensive management system-modernization phase II.
The contract work will be performed in Binghamton, New York; and at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, with an expected completion date of Dec. 31, 2018. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds are being obligated at the time of award.
The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit is an American heavy penetration strategic bomber, featuring low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses. The aircraft has a flying wing design with a crew of two.
The bomber can deploy both conventional and thermonuclear weapons, such as eighty 500 lb (230 kg)-class (Mk 82) Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) Global Positioning System (GPS)-guided bombs, or sixteen 2,400 lb (1,100 kg) B83 nuclear bombs.
The B-2 is the only acknowledged aircraft that can carry large air-to-surface standoff weapons in a stealth configuration.
The B-2 is capable of all-altitude attack missions up to 50,000 feet (15,000 m), with a range of more than 6,000 nautical miles (6,900 mi; 11,000 km) on internal fuel and over 10,000 nautical miles (12,000 mi; 19,000 km) with one midair refueling.
It entered service with the U.S. Air Force (USAF) in 1997 as the second aircraft designed to have advanced stealth technology after the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk attack aircraft. There are 20 B-2s in service with the USAF, which plans to operate the B-2 until 2058.
Though designed originally as primarily a nuclear bomber, the B-2 was first used in combat dropping conventional, non-nuclear ordnance in the Kosovo War in 1999. It later served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.