$10.5M Turns CMBRE Into CMBRE+

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Blue screen of death When everything is computerized, managing your weapons starts to look a lot like managing computers, complete with versions, common configuration needs, et. al. ATK Missile Systems Co. in Clearwater, FL received a $10.5 million firm-fixed-price contract modification that puts the changes described in Engineering Change Proposal (ECP) 001 on contract. ECP 001 upgrades the configuration of the Common Munitions Built-in-Test Reprogramming Equipment (CMBRE), which initiate the Built-In-Test (BIT) of munitions and can be used to reprogram them on an Air Force backshop/flightline or Navy carrier deck. At this time, total funds have been obligated. Work will be complete August 2008. The Headquarters Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH issued the contract (FA8626-06-2060/P00002) The upgrade will transform this equipment from CMBRE to CMBRE+, which will support the fielding of the next generation AIM-120D AMRAAM and Small Diameter Bomb munitions. Among its other uses, facilities with CMBRE capability can maintain one single configuration of compatible weapons for maximum flexibility.

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