The US Air Force recently announced the cancellation of B-1B Defensive System
Upgrade Program (DSUP) because of cost overruns and schedule slips. However, the
US Air Force remains committed to improve Lancer's combat capability.
DSUP was intended to replace aircraft's current defensive suite with new
advanced integrated countermeasure systems and add a fiber optic towed-decoy to
provide a more capable system.
According to USAF sources, DSUP cancellation was made to guarantee B-1B Lancer
aircraft availability, sacrificing a post-2010 defensive system plagued by
Continuing with DSUP would have required additional $175 million and 17 months
of delays to this program. Despite this decision, the Air Force aims that the
entire B-1B fleet will be ready and full operational. Playing an important role
in air campaigns in the future, as they did during Operation Enduring Freedom.
$600 million freed up by DSUP cancellation will be putted toward other B-1B
efforts. Among these efforts are increasing the purchase of B-1 weapons
carriage equipment and developing an extended-range version of the AGM-158 JASSM
to increase B-1B's standoff attack capability.
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