Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has won a contract to continue developing an electronic warfare system for the U.S. Air Force‘s B-2 bomber.
The Air Force awarded the potential three-year contract to update the bomber’s defensive management system with a new Lockheed Martin-made (NYSE: LMT) avionics graphics processor and antennas made by L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) and Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp., Northrop said Thursday.
Under the program’s second technology development phase, Northrop will integrate that hardware and software onto the bomber.
Lauren Stevens, director of Northrop’s B-2 DMS modernization integrated product team, said the company is using technologies already existing instead of developing new hardware and software.
Northrop and its suppliers will also prepare for the engineering, manufacturing and development phase of the program, scheduled to start in late 2014.
According to Northrop, the B-2 flies more than 6, 900 miles unrefueled and more than 11, 500 miles with one refueling.