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USAF Fully Installs B-1B Integrated Battle Station Ahead of Schedule; Rodney Shepard Quoted

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The U.S. Air Force has completed the installation of the B-1B Lancer aircraft fleet's new Integrated Battle Station (IBS), earlier than expected. USAF said Saturday it modified 60 Lancer units from late 2012 to this month for three different parts of the IBS.

The bomber aircraft underwent modifications for a fully integrated data link, a vertical situational display unit and a central integrated test system of the new battle station.

“With all new workload, the start of the modification line was slow, however, with enterprise buy-in and support, the modification line eventually reduced flow days and met ‘Art of the Possible’ goals,” said Rodney Shepard, director of the 567th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

The new IBS will boost crew flexibility during missions and improve flight operations with the Lancer fleet. The system's early installation finish added 987 days to aircraft availability.

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