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Northrop Grumman Begins Installing First EHF Satcom Hardware on B-2
Northrup Grumman ^ | 3/17/2010 | Northrup Grumman

Posted on 03/17/2010 10:37:45 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld

Northrop Grumman Corporation technicians here have begun installing the first set of hardware for a B-2 stealth bomber upgrade that will eventually allow the jet to send and receive battlefield information up to 100 times faster than its current satellite communications system. The work is being done as part of Increment 1 of the U.S. Air Force's B-2 extremely high frequency (EHF) satellite communications program. Northrop Grumman is the Air Force's prime contractor for the B-2 Spirit, the flagship of the nation's long range strike arsenal, and one of the world's most survivable aircraft systems. The B-2 is the only combat-proven stealth platform in the current U.S. inventory. "EHF Increment 1 puts in place the high speed data handling infrastructure that the B-2 will need to perform its most advanced communications and weapons delivery missions in the future," said Col. Kevin Harms, USAF, Commander, 702nd Aeronautical Systems Group. "The beginning of hardware installation means that we are making solid progress getting this new capability out of the lab and into the hands of the warfighter." "The installation of EHF Increment 1 hardware also means that we're nearly done with a significant task of software development, integration and testing for the program," added Dave Mazur, Northrop Grumman's vice president of long range strike and B-2 program manager. According to Mazur, the new software was developed, integrated and tested by Northrop Grumman employees working at the Air Force's Weapon Systems Support Center, Tinker AFB, Okla. Ground testing of the EHF Increment 1 hardware is planned early in 2010

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: aerospace; b2; communication; dfens; ehf; satellite; usaf

1 posted on 03/17/2010 10:37:45 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove

My contempt for N/G knows no bounds.

When they finally go into the ground, I will be hapy to pee on its grave.


2 posted on 03/17/2010 10:44:57 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ( Tagline lost -- anyone seen it?)
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To: freedumb2003

I have no problems with them. I know a lot of Northrup engineers and they ate patriots


3 posted on 03/17/2010 11:19:48 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: sonofstrangelove

eh?


4 posted on 03/18/2010 12:02:23 AM PDT by rahbert
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To: rahbert
Its called a typing error. What I meant to say was,I have no problems with them. I know a lot of Northrup engineers and they are patriots
5 posted on 03/18/2010 12:05:23 AM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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