Boeing B-52 CONECT System Completes Flight Test Milestone
- Program poised for low-rate initial production authorization
- New network communication system allows for future upgrades
"Completion of the LRIP flight test phase means CONECT is ready to be reviewed by our customer for initial production authorization," said Scot Oathout, B-52 program director. "CONECT increases B-52 operational effectiveness by providing improved mission flexibility, increased situational awareness and new network-centric capabilities. In addition, CONECT paves the way for easier integration of future upgrades."
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The CONECT modification provides the ability to change a mission, as well as change the target of a weapon, while the B-52 is in flight. The system provides increased situational awareness for B-52 crews by adding several communication data links and full-color LCD displays with real-time intelligence feeds overlaid on moving maps. CONECT also enables future B-52 improvements with its onboard, high-speed network.
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Source : Boeing