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MUSTANG Aims to Check-Out B-52s Faster

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B-52 ALCM loading(click to view full) The USA’s B-52 fleet began service in the 1950s, but the USA’s inability to build and sustain a modern bomber force that could replace it, coupled with a relatively low number of hours flown on sturdy airframes, has led to a long series of upgrades and modifications that could keep its B-52 fleet in service for over 80 years before all is said and done. MUSTANG is part of those ongoing efforts. It is intended as a replacement for the B-52 weapons preload tester and ground weapons maintenance (GWM-9) testers, which are utilized in certifying the B-52H aircraft for conventional and nuclear weapons release. It will also replace the off-aircraft pylon test used to certify weapon pylons. When combined with the $150 million program to update B-52H armament and add the Universal Weapons Interface, the USAF’s B-52s will improve their readiness for a wider variety of missions. Contracts issued under the MUSTANG program have included… July 6/06: Boeing Co. in Wichita, KS received a $7.5 million firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursement and time and materials contract modification for the Multi User System Tester-Armament Next Generation (MUSTANG) program. This effort includes the production and delivery of the MUSTANG […]

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