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BOEING GETS $180 MILLION RADAR CONTRACT INSTALLING OF B-1B TRACKING SYSTEM TO BEGIN IN 2011.

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The Boeing Company announced it has received a $180 million Air Force contract to upgrade the radar system used by B-1B bombers to find and track their targets.

Modification kits built principally in Maryland will be installed on 67 bombers at bases in Texas, South Dakota and Oklahoma, and the upgraded aircraft will be tested at Edwards Air Force Base.

Under a nine-year reliability and maintainability improvement program, 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 in Baltimore, consists of a new radar transmitter/receiver, a radar processor computer and a software package.

Installation is scheduled to be completed in 2014.

``The RMIP kit will increase the radar system's reliability and substantially improve the B-1's combat readiness,'' said Kurt Eberhart, manager of Boeing's B-1 radar program in Long Beach. ``Current and future missions depend heavily on the aircraft's ability to find and track targets, so this modification to the synthetic aperture radar is critical.''

The modifications will be done to AN/APQ-164 radar that has been used by the Palmdale-manufactured bombers since 1985.

The upgrade will resolve the problem of diminishing manufacturing sources, said John C. Johnson, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems division.
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