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Posted: 1/31/2006 6:18:39 PM EDT
Northrop Grumman, U.S. Air Force Demonstrate Improved 'Smart' Weapon for B-2 Stealth Bomber

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Jan. 31, 2006 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and the U.S. Air Force have successfully demonstrated the integration of a munition on the B-2 stealth bomber that incorporates an improved, penetrating warhead with an upgraded guidance kit.

"The demonstration represents another example of our commitment to maintain the B-2's flexibility to employ a variety of advanced weapons," said Mike Galaway, director of B-2 product development and delivery at Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector. "We also want to ensure that the nation's No. 1 long-range strike asset remains the most versatile and lethal bomber in the inventory."

During the demonstration at the Utah Test and Training Range at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, a B-2 delivered a live GBU-28C/B bomb with a new BLU-122 warhead, destroying the target. The 5,000-pound GBU-28C/B is a follow-on to the EGBU-28B/B that was successfully integrated on the B-2 in 2003. Improvements to the GBU-28C/B allow it to penetrate the target more deeply. The BLU-122 warhead and the upgraded guidance kit were integrated by Raytheon Missile Systems.

As the B-2 prime contractor, Northrop Grumman is responsible for integrating weapons with the B-2 system. Northrop Grumman has now successfully completed the key objectives associated with a $5.4 million contract awarded by the Air Force in February 2005 for GBU-28C/B integration.

Northrop Grumman and the Air Force are also working on several projects to improve the B-2's communications, radar and weapons capabilities to enhance the aircraft's ability to respond to emerging worldwide threats. Other projects include a new active electronically scanned array radar antenna, a Link-16 communications system and an upgraded onboard computer processor.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:19:15 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:20:54 PM EDT
What you can't see can hurt you.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:26:43 PM EDT
Gee....I wonder why we would be upgrading our deep earth penetrating ability now of all time?


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Link Posted: 1/31/2006 6:41:10 PM EDT
Damn. What I would give to fly one of those.

Friggen Gunney from Mail Call got a ride.
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 8:52:35 AM EDT
next day bumpage.....
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 8:54:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By CFII:
Damn. What I would give to fly one of those.

Friggen Gunney from Mail Call got a ride.



+1

I can't tell you how insanely jealous of that man I am.

For everything except kissing Jack Black that is.
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 8:54:25 AM EDT
Paying attention Iran?
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 8:55:25 AM EDT
Hi Ho Hi Ho off to Iran it goes
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 8:55:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Armed_Scientist:
Gee....I wonder why we would be upgrading our deep earth penetrating ability now of all time?


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I RAN it through the computer and come up empty.
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 9:22:03 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Armed_Scientist:
Gee....I wonder why we would be upgrading our deep earth penetrating ability now of all time?


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Damn Molemen
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 11:41:03 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Strats: I RAN it through the computer and come up empty.
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 5:24:10 PM EDT
How deep does it penetrate I wonder?

And is the diameter large enough to accept a B-61 physics package...
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