B-52 heavy bombers to undergo radar and electronic protection upgrade

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The United States Air Force (USAF) awarded US-based defense technology company L3Harris a contract to upgrade the electronic warfare and radar system of its B-52 Stratofortress aircraft.

The contract, valued at $947 million, will help the USAF modernize the B-52 heavy bomber’s avionics system for combat operations until 2031.

L3Harris will enhance the Stratofortress’s electronic warfare (EW) self-protection system and integrate a combat-proven radiofrequency system that can simultaneously counter multiple electronic spectrum threats without interfering with the aircraft’s operations.

The B-52 bomber aircraft have specially-designed countermeasure systems to avoid aerial defensive systems, including radar detection and jamming. L3Harris has supported the B-52 heavy bomber aircraft’s electronic warfare systems for the past five decades.

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