Skip to comments.New Upgrades to B-1B Lancer Fleet (caution — large graphics)
Posted on 06/03/2012 8:05:23 AM PDT by moonshot925
6/2/2012 - DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) -- B-1B Lancers are currently undergoing the most advanced hardware and software upgrades to date as part of the Sustainment-Block 16 program.
Sustainment-Block 16 upgrades include a fully integrated data link in the aft station and vertical situation display upgrade in the front station as well as updates to navigation, radar and diagnostic systems.
"The B-1 has never seen this many upgrades in one block," said Maj. Thomas Bryant, the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron assistant director of operations. "These upgrades will give us an entirely new aircraft; this is a game changer."
The aft crew station will now receive five new color displays, all capable of providing moving maps and data link integration. Weapon systems officers will receive full "QWERTY" keyboards and new controllers to interface with the integrated battle station software.
(Excerpt) Read more at af.mil ...
Check for China chips.
Things that make you say hmmmm.
If we ever get on our financial feet again as a nation, upgrading the engines to the F-22’s F119’s would make a new bird out of it. It was proposed once and B-1 drivers here on FR were drooling....
What about the B-58 Hustler?
Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me!
Gorgeous plane. Funny I’ve never noticed the little canards before.
Yes, I loved that leaky ol’ Devil
I'm guessing those have something to do with pitch control for in-flight refuling.
The B-47. The bomber that thought it was a fighter.
Ping to BlueLancer.
I’d like a roll of cruise missiles please. LOL
Yes, they are so small it must be for fine control or trimming.
Excellent. Thanks for the wallpaper BTW.
Absolutely agree, and in that order.
North American/Rockwell built the finest looking airplanes of all manufacturers and the B-1B gets my vote for the most beautiful. Just don't make it mad...
Even though they did not follow through, the XB-70 Valkyrie was a beautiful bird.
I'm a fighter guy but I have to agree with you on the B-1.
The B-1 has been doing some real multitasking in Afghanistan, hence the justification for these upgrades.
One thing the industry learned with the B-58 hustler is when in the TFR flight mode thinks got really shaky, enough to make the pilots sick. The initial B1 mission was low altitude under the radar penetration. For this they needed a good TFR auto flight control system to keep it out of the ground and as part of that the canards were added to dampen out the structural sine wave that came when rapid pitch changes were made by flight controls responding to approaching terrain changes.
My thoughts too. I love the upgrades, but we need to make sure our enemies don’t get compromised chips into our weapons systems.
I had to fortune or in some cases misfortune to be stationed at Edwards Air Force Base for during one of the greatest periods of aviation advancement in history. While I was there the X-15, XB-70, XV-42, YF-12 and many other new platforms were flying. Was there when the XB-70 crashed. During that era envelops were being pushed and everything seemed to crash at least once. In the case of the XB-70 it when down after a mid air with a F-104 during a publicity filming flight.
Sad day. Lost good hardware but most of all good men.
Having seen several B-1B night take-offs from Dyess and felt the rumble of the engines with afterburners in, this is an incredible plane.
Flies low and slow or fast. Carries the payload under the radar.
Ivan’s or Ishmail’s worst nightmare.
“Excellent. Thanks for the wallpaper BTW.”
My thoughts, exactly. The one with the weapons array is now on my desktop. Nasty.
IMHO, one of the best-looking bombers.
Ditto that :-)
Shay-shay, all accounted for.
B-58 is in a class by itself !
They are for when the place is flying low and fast:
Active vibration damping
A large aircraft flying fast at low altitude can experience significant aerodynamic buffeting, leading to crew fatigue and reduced airframe life. Aircraft such as the B-1 Lancer incorporate small canard surfaces as part of an active vibration damping system that reduces these adverse effects.
Tis a great day when I can add to my store of useless trivia.
How many lancers are even left?
Stick or yoke?
One of the most beautiful planes to ever take to the sky.
“How many lancers are even left?”
65 as of September 2010
They are split between the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess AFb, Texas and the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota.
0bama will ensure that even our great great grandchildren won't see this.
“Stick or yoke?”
The pilot and copilot both have fighter-style stick and throttle controls.
I got to watch some B-58s do “touch and goes” while stationed at Whiteman AFB in the late 60s. They had a huge runway with no traffic as missile base. I thought that steam operated base would be the first to be shut down but now modernized for the B-2.
Yes, Happy BD to you.
There were 150 Minuteman II ICBMs at Whiteman. Most of the silos have been imploded but I think a few are still there.
If you like good military technology porn, check out the proposed B-1R (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockwell_B-1_Lancer )
Can the FB-111 be squeezed in there? More of a medium bomber but a damn fine looking airplane, almost like a miniature B-1. Aussies loved them.
Thanks ... I guess steel-blue is close enough ...
The B1 is now Facebook-capable. About damn time.
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