The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has received a U.S. Air Force contract worth up to $150 million to support new weapons integration efforts on the B-52H bomber.
Work on the B-52 Smart Weapons Integration Next Generation (SWING) will be performed by engineers based at the company's Integrated Defense Systems facility in Wichita, Kansas. The contract expires December 2020.
"This contract will allow us to continue to make the B-52 one of the most modern weapons systems in the world," said Scot Oathout, B-52 program director for Boeing. "Subsequent contract modifications will support integration of other next generation weapons in years to come."
Such weapons systems include the Extended Range versions of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser and Joint Direct Attack Munitions and possibly the integration of the Small Diameter Bomb and Boost Phase Interceptor.
The contract will also be used to integrate the Universal Armament Interface -- the next generation interface between the mission planning system, aircraft platform, and weapons -- onto the B-52.
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world's largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $30.8 billion business. It provides network-centric system solutions to its global military, government and commercial customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; the world's largest military aircraft manufacturer; the world's largest satellite manufacturer; a foremost developer of advanced concepts and technologies; a leading provider of space-based communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S. missile defense; NASA's largest contractor; and a global leader in sustainment solutions and launch services.