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
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
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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