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Northrop Wins $7B Deal to Modernize US Air Force’s B-2 Stealth Bomber

Northrop Grumman has clinched a $7-billion contract to modernize the US Air Force’s B-2 heavy strategic bomber aircraft.

Announced Thursday, the agreement covers aircraft enhancements, sustainment, and necessary logistics services.

It also includes depot maintenance of the fleet and other associated contractor support.

Most work for the contract will be performed in California, with an expected completion date of May 2029.

Prior to this contract award, the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center launched a software factory for the B-2 bomber to help provide “war-winning capability upgrades.”

‘Strong, Effective Deterrent’

Also called the “Spirit,” the B-2 stealth bomber reportedly has massive firepower to penetrate even the most sophisticated air defenses in the world.

It is designed to strike high-value, often heavily defended targets.

According to the US Air Force, the B-2 represents a dramatic leap forward in technology, as it can deliver both conventional and nuclear munitions.

It also features low-observable technologies, making it very difficult for enemy radar to detect.

The B-2 has an operational range of 6,000 nautical miles (6,905 miles/9,600 kilometers) and is operated by a two-person crew.

“Its capability to penetrate air defenses and threaten effective retaliation provides a strong, effective deterrent and combat force well into the 21st century,” the service noted.

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