A B-52 with external load over Tinker Air Force Base in 2011 (Image © Senior Airman Carlin Leslie / USAF)

More B-52s into the digital age

The US Air Forces granted Boeing additional funds for yet another 10 B-52 bombers to enter the digital age on 4 February 2015.

Boeing was already contracted for the supply of 20 so-called CONECT upgrades that modernize the Stratofortress communications system, like Airheadsfly.com already announced in May 2014.

The upgrades include full-color LCD displays with real-time intelligence feeds overlaid on moving maps, several communication data links that connect via satellite to platforms and troops in the field and an onboard, high speed network that enables aircrew to respond quickly to a mission change or identify and engage new targets with their weapons.

US Air Force personnel install CONECT at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, while the bombers are in scheduled maintenance.

Besides the digitization of the “Buff”, America’s front-line strategic asset from the 1950s is also getting more bad with more weapons, like we reported in September 2013 and again last month.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger, including source information provided by Boeing
Featured image: A B-52 with external load over Tinker Air Force Base in 2011 (Image © Senior Airman Carlin Leslie / USAF)