The Air Force is surging forward with a massive, fleet-wide modernization overhaul of the battle-tested, Vietnam-era B-52 bomber, giving it new radar, weapons and possibly a new engine, service leaders said.
The workhorse for the U.S. military, dating back to the 1960s, is being outfitted with a modern Active Electronically Scanned Array, or AESA, technology to bring the airplane modern, high-tech threat detection technology, Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, told Scout Warrior in an interview.
"We want to keep the B-52 viable, so we are also studying the possibility of a new engine. We plan additional work on this in 2018," Bunch said.The technical structure and durability of the B-52 airframes in the Air Force fleet are described as extremely robust and able to keep flying well into the 2040s and beyond – so the service is taking steps to ensure the platform stays viable by receiving the most current and effective avionics, weapons and technologies
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