Skip to comments.Northrop Grumman Awarded Air Force Contract to Integrate CLIP on B-1B and B-52 Aircraft
Posted on 10/21/2010 11:15:08 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $14 million contract extension to integrate its Common Link Integration Processing (CLIP) system on B-1B and B-52 aircraft, providing aircrews with enhanced battlefield awareness, communications capabilities and weapons management. Under the 17-month contract extension, Northrop Grumman will support software integration, ground and flight tests, and Air Force and joint interoperability certifications. All 66 aircraft in the B-1 bomber fleet and 94 aircraft in the B-52 fleet will be CLIP enabled. CLIP is a software package that allows existing platforms without a tactical data link, as well as platforms with different data links, to communicate with each other.
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It was flying the day I was born, was modified, used, changed, deleted, recovered, and still it flies. Given where I live, I wouldn't be suprised to hear one fly over as I pass off this mortal coil.
And they are going to upgrade it to electronics that were less believeable than science fiction to the guys that originally designed that lawn dart.
And it's never flown it's design mission (Thank God).
Hat tip to the engineers that did the skull sweat. That's one hell of a system.
Nice they can make this upgrade for the frugal amount of $14 million, scary that there are only 160 strategic bombers left to upgrade.
Bad bargain, that.