Boeing to Upgrade US Air Force B-52 Bomber’s Comms System; Scot Oathout Comments

boeing logoBoeing (NYSE: BA) has received an order to upgrade the communications systems for the U.S. Air Force’s B-52 Stratofortress bomber.

The company will install the Combat Network Communications Technology kits in 10 B-52 bombers under the full rate production contract, Boeing said Wednesday.

Scot Oathout, Boeing’s B-52 program director, said CONECT is designed to provide agile and flexible capabilities and improved situational awareness for aircrews in today’s battlefield.

The kit contains an LCD with real-time intelligence feeds, satellite-based communication data links and an onboard network for mission-related communication and target identification.

The CONECT kits will be installed at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.

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