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Three Years of Critical Upgrades to the B-2A Spirit

Three Years of Critical Upgrades to the B-2A Spirit November 5, 2019

Upgrades to help US Air Force’s ageing B-2 bomber fleet detect and evade the improving air defences of rivals China, Russia and Iran are running almost three years late and over budget. The project was launched in 2016.

The service now estimates it will take until at least until September 2024 before eight of the U.S.’s 20 stealth bombers are upgraded to have an initial combat capability, according to an Air Force statement.

That’s 33 months later than the timetable established in 2016, when the project started, according to a program document submitted with this year’s budget request and the statement.

The cost of the upgrade program has increased about 11%, or $285 million, since last year, to $3 billion, according to the Air Force’s fiscal 2020 Selected Acquisition Report.

 

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