The U.S. Air Force has begun to test upgrades for Northrop Grumman-built B-2 stealth bombers that include newÂ sensors, software, electronics and radar technology, Scout Warrior reported Monday.
Kris Osborn writes the B-2 defensive management system has been updatedÂ to helpÂ sustainÂ theÂ bomber’s stealth functions and increaseÂ defense against new threats.
Capt. Michael Hertzog, an Air Force spokesman,Â told Scout WarriorÂ theÂ DMS-M system will work toÂ support B-2’s capacity to counter 21st century threats.
The report said the DMS-M programÂ obtained authorizationÂ last year to move intoÂ the engineering manufacturing and development phase of the acquisition process.
Hertzog addedÂ three aircraft will be updatedÂ to complete the EMD phase and the program is scheduled to enter full rate production in 2019,Â according to the report.
The service branch expects to spendÂ nearly $1.84 billionÂ to buildÂ four B-2 DMS-M units and looksÂ to investÂ $832 million to procure an additional 16 units,Â OsbornÂ wrote.
The Air Force will fly B-2 aircraft alongside the B-21 RaiderÂ stealth bomber, which is scheduled to enter serviceÂ by the mid-2020s.