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Boeing Upgrades Weapons Launcher of Six Air Force B-52s

Boeing Upgrades Weapons Launcher of Six Air Force B-52s - top government contractors - best government contracting event

BoeingLogo1 EbizBoeing has equipped six B-52 bomber planes of the U.S. Air Force with new internal weapons bay launchers designed for storage and release of GPS-guided airborne munitions.

The company said Wednesday it modified the aircraft’s common strategic rotary launcher into a conventional rotary launcher and the upgrade allows the company-built aircraft to carry and launch up to eight Joint Direct Attack Munitions.

The six upgraded systems underwent ground and flight tests as part of the Air Force’s B-52 weapons bay launcher upgrade program.

Boeing also seeks to make B-52 launchers capable of carrying Miniature Air Launched Decoys and Joint Air-to-Surface Stand Off Missiles through the modernization effort.

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