Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has won a $108 million contract to add new hardware and software to the U.S. Air Force‘s fleet of B-2 bombers, the company announced Thursday.
Under the contract awarded Sept. 28, the company will provide the branch with new hardware kits that include Lockheed Martin-made (NYSE: LMT) processing units, disk drives and a network of fiber optic cables.
Upgrades will occur under increment one of the Air Force’s B-2 extremely high frequency satellite communications program.
“Every current and future upgrade program for the jet” will focus on processing power and data handling capacity on the B-2, said Ron Naylor, Northrop’s director of B-2 modernization and transformation.
Lockheed’s processing units will replace up to a dozen current stand-alone avionics computers on the B-2.
Disk drives, made by Honeywell, will support transfer of EHF data onto and off of the B-2 and the fiber optic cable network will support data transfers within the bomber.
Previous B-2 contracts