The Air Force has temporarily delayed funding for a B-2 aft deck and wing edge redesign, cracks in which could make the bombers visible to sensors, Defense Daily reported today (see GSN, Jan. 26).
Officials cut $77.4 million from the fiscal 2005 budget for the B-2 fixes, reallocating those funds to “higher Air Force priorities.”
Air Force officials said they plan to develop a long-term strategy for fixing the cracks by October 2005.
The officials said Congress allocated $27.1 million in fiscal 2004 for an “interim” solution to the aft-deck cracks. The money went toward the purchase of 21 modification kits to support the cracked areas. The Air Force plans to install them by the end of fiscal 2007 (Amy Butler, Defense Daily, March 9).