A B-2 Spirit assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing taxis down the runway at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 19, 2023. U.S. Air Force photo by Sheila deVera
Air & Space Forces Magazine: USAF, Northrop Test New Tech That Lets the B-2 Update Mission Parameters ‘In Seconds’
Northrop Grumman and the Air Force successfully demonstrated a new mission update system for the B-2 bomber in a two-day event at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., last month.
The system receives new mission parameters and feeds them directly into the B-2’s computers without the need for the pilots to manually input the data.
The Integrated Airborne Mission Transfer (IAMT) demonstration started July 18 after B-2 No. 1086, the Spirit of Kitty Hawk, was fitted with Northrop’s Multi-Mission Domain (MMD) open-mission architecture, meant to make adding new mission capabilities easier.
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Update #1: Northrop Grumman’s B-2 Capabilities Enhance its Digital Communications (Northrop Grumman Corporation)
Update #2: B-2 Spirit: US Keeps Its Aging Bombers ‘Alive’ With Digital Engineering Before Raider Arrives (EurAsian Times)
WNU Editor: The bomber to replace the B-2 is getting ready for its first flight …. B-21 Raider powers up, prepares for first flight later this year (Sandboxx).