B-1B Bomber Radar Upgrade
22 Apr 2006
Under a $180 million contract Boeing will upgrade AN/APQ-164 fire control radar on the U.S. Air Force's fleet of 67 B-1B long-range bomber aircraft.
Under a nine-year Reliability and Maintainability Improvement Program (RMIP), Boeing will deliver modification kits to replace the bombers' receiver and processor beginning in 2011. The RMIP kit, built principally by subcontractor Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, comprises a new radar transmitter/receiver, a radar processor computer and a translated, rehosted software package.
Boeing will support field installation and checkout of the RMIP kits at Dyess AFB, Ellsworth AFB, and Tinker AFB. Installation is scheduled to be completed in 2014.