28 Apr '14, 3pm

USAF receives first CONECT-upgraded B-52 bomber

USAF receives first CONECT-upgraded B-52 bomber

The US Air Force (USAF) has received into service the first of 76 B-52H Stratofortress bombers to go through the Combat Network Communications Technology (CONECT) digital data suite upgrade. The aircraft was accepted during a ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB), Louisiana, on 25 April after having gone through the nine-month upgrade at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex located at Tinker AFB. Designed to give the crew of the B-52 a modern digital communications suite to tie in with USAF command-and-control centres, ground forces, and other network-enabled platforms, the CONECT upgrade has been likened to taking the legacy bomber from a rotary-dial phone to a smartphone in terms of its connectivity capabilities. CONECT enhancements include the ability to re-task the B-52 mid-flight, rather than having to land and change the mission profile cartridges if the targ...

Full article: http://www.janes.com/article/37124/usaf-receives-first-co...

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