The Boeing Company will increase the combat potential of the B-52 bombers on 50%, with an emphasis on versatility implementation report defense-aerospace.com November 6. According to the contract price of 24.6 million dollars the company will develop a modification of the existing launch systems to accommodate more instruments managed in the inner compartments.
«If we add to this arsenal of very great length of the flight of B-52, you will realize that you have a universal system of tools that are very useful for fire support of ground forces,» says director applets-52 Ofaut Scott (Scot Oathout).
The company will produce three layout launchers, Adopt the first expected in 2016. After the first step of modernization will be able to use 24 bomber bombs Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) caliber 500 pounds or 20 pounds JDAMS caliber 2000. In subsequent phases of the B-52 will be armed with missiles and JASSM variant with increased range JASSM-ER, small rockets lures MALD and MALD / J. Modernization will allow to arrange all the necessary instrument only in the interior compartments that make better fuel efficiency of the aircraft.