Pentagon Inks B-52 Modernization Deal

The U.S. Defense Department yesterday said it had signed a contract valued at close to $12 billion for updates to its nuclear-capable B-52 bombers, Agence France-Presse reported (see GSN, Dec. 16, 2009).

The eight-year deal with aerospace giant Boeing Co. "provides for the acquisition and sustainment activities needed to support B-52 weapon system modernization," according to a Pentagon release (Agence France-Presse/Yahoo!News, Sept. 29).

"This B-52 modernization contract will include several delivery orders over an eight-year period," according to a Boeing press release. "The Air Force announced a contract ceiling of $11.9 billion. This is a contracting vehicle that will allow engineering sustaining contracts, studies, production and other activities to occur in support of the B-52. No funds were committed with this contract announcement. We expect our first delivery order to be awarded on Sept. 30" (Boeing Co. release, Sept. 29).

There are now 85 B-52s on operational duty, according to the Air Force. The long-range bomber is designed to carry conventional and nuclear weapons. It is expected to remain in service past 2040 (U.S. Air Force fact sheet, April 23).

September 30, 2010
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The U.S. Defense Department yesterday said it had signed a contract valued at close to $12 billion for updates to its nuclear-capable B-52 bombers, Agence France-Presse reported (see GSN, Dec. 16, 2009).