$109.6M for Improved B-2A Bomber Heat Shields
In September 2011, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Palmdale, CA received a $109.6 million a firm-fixed-price contract “for aft decks applicable to B-2 aircrafts.” We asked Northrop Grumman about this, and they said that this stealth bomber contract was about buying spares with improved durability. The aft deck shields the composite airframe from the heat of the engines’ exhaust, and the redesign follows a thorough thermal and structural analysis of the aft deck, its adjoining structures and the operating environment.
Work will be performed in Palmdale, CA and in St. Augustine, FL, until April 19/16. The Defense Logistics Agency Aviation at Tinker Air Force Base, OK manages the contract (SPRTA1-11-C-0112). While the B-2 fleet’s FAST umbrella contract covers most modifications and maintenance, this is separate from FAST.