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USAF gives B-2 radar upgrade go-ahead

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 22, 2009

The USAF has given the go-ahead to Northrop Grumman to fit an all new advanced radar to its remaining fleet of 20 B-2 stealth bombers.

The upgrade will see a new advanced electronically scanned array (AESA) radar fitted to the fleet under the Radar Modernization Program (RMP). The new radar will not only add new capabilities to the B-2, but will also be much easier to maintain and support in service.

Nineteen of the USAF’s B-2s are based at Whiteman AFB in Missouri while the 20th is permanently based with the Edwards AFB test fleet. A 21st aircraft crashed on the Pacific island of Guam in 2008.

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