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developed for other programs to replace
older LRUs and SRUs with newer technology. For Exelis, these include the Advanced Integrated Defensive EW Suite
(AIDEWS), (a variation of the ALQ-211)
and the ALQ-214 system.

B-2 SPIRIT
With an unrefueled range of approximately 6,000 nautical miles, the B-2
“Spirit” multi-role bomber can operate
anywhere on the globe in a very short
period of time, while its EW and “stealth”

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characteristics allow it to penetrate the
most sophisticated air defense systems.
The first B-2 was delivered to the
Air Force in 1993 and achieved full operational status in 2003. The fleet of 20
B-2s is based at Whiteman AFB, MO, with
its depot maintenance managed at the
Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at
Tinker AFB, OK.
Northrop Grumman is both the B-2
platform provider and prime contractor for all B-2 modernization efforts
throughout the aircraft’s service life ex-

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tension into 2058, including its defensive EW capabilities.
As part of this effort, the B-2’s
30-year-old legacy AN/APR-50 ESM system, originally built by Lockheed Martin
Mission Systems and Training (Owego,
NY), is now being completely replaced
by BAE Systems (Nashua, NH) under a
contract awarded by Northrop Grumman
in February of 2012. The system works
together with the aircraft’s radar warning receiver to detect threats and provide situational awareness information.
The Air Force recently awarded
Northrop Grumman a multiyear contract
for Technology Development (TD) Phase
2 to modernize the B-2’s defensive management system (DMS), including a new
avionics graphics processor being developed by Lockheed Martin and new antennas being developed by L-3 Randtron
(Menlo, Park, CA) and Ball Aerospace
(Boulder, CO).
According to Lauren Stevens,
Northrop Grumman Director of the DMS
modernization integrated product team,
the “TD Phase 2 is the cornerstone of
a rapid acquisition initiative... that instead of relying on new hardware and
software development, takes advantage
of mature, proven technologies, minimizes nonrecurring costs, and reduces
the time and technology risks associated with fielding new capabilities.”
TD Phase 2 will include continued
development and testing of the hardware and software for the new systems;
followed by down-select and contract
award for the new DMS antennas; and
transition to engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD), which is
expected to begin in late 2014.

1/16/13 4:05:41 PM

The Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRSB) program will provide the Air Force
with a next-generation deep strike
platform. Despite impending DOD-wide
budget cuts, support for the program remains strong within both the Air Force
and Congress, and competition to develop the new bomber is already underway
with a target delivery date in the mid2020s. Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and
Northrop Grumman are all considered
potential contenders for the program.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - March 2013

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Enabling Global Strike: EW Updates to the USAF’s Bomber Fleet
Technology Survey
EW 101
AOC News
2013 AOC Industry Member Guide
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - March 2013 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - March 2013 - From the President
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