Boeing to Upgrade Lancer's Fire Control Radar

Released on Thursday, April 20, 2006
United States of America
B-1B Lancer
RMIP - Reliability and Maintainability Improvement Program
The Boeing Company has received a $180 million contract to upgrade the fire control radar on the U.S. Air Force's fleet of 67 B-1B long-range bomber aircraft.

Under a nine-year Reliability and Maintainability Improvement Program (RMIP), Boeing will deliver modification kits to replace the bombers' receiver and processor beginning in 2011. The RMIP kit, built principally by subcontractor Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Baltimore, Maryland, comprises a new radar transmitter/receiver, a radar processor computer and a translated, rehosted software package.

Although the AN/APQ-164 radar has successfully provided target detection, location tracking and accurate weapon delivery since 1985, the RMIP will improve reliability threefold, resolve the problem of diminishing manufacturing sources and keep the B-1 mission-capable.

Boeing will support field installation and checkout of the RMIP kits at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas; Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota; and Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Installation is scheduled to be completed in 2014. Boeing will flight-test the upgraded aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, California.


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