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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Contract Awarded For B-1 Software Upgrade

Boeing received a $45 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to upgrade avionics software on the B-1 heavy bomber. The award is Sustainment Block 15 of an upgrade program begun in 2003.

The annual sustainment software blocks “respond to changes in strategy and tactics and enable maximum operational flexibility,” the company said. Boeing engineers in Long Beach, Calif., and Oklahoma City produce the software for the Air Force fleet of 66 B-1s.

Boeing in the past year also integrated the Lockheed Martin Sniper targeting pod on the aircraft. “The pod was deployed in theater and is performing well, according to Air Force reports,” the company said.

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