B-1 Defensive Upgrade Cancelled


Released on Tuesday, January 21, 2003
AGM-158A JASSM
B-1B Lancer
JASSM - Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile
USAF - United States Air Force
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 problems.

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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