The Air Force has taken delivery of the first operational B-2 stealth bomber fitted with a newly modernized radar that includes advanced electronically scanned arrays. In a release April 28, prime contractor Northrop Grumman said the handover occurred March 17 at Whiteman AFB, Mo., home of the B-2 fleet. “The new radar enables the jet to perform some of the nation’s most significant missions, while giving it a technological foundation for enhanced capabilities in the future,” said Dave Mazur, Northrop’s vice president of long-range strike. This updated B-2 is the first of several getting the new Raytheon-built radar during the system development and demonstration phase of the Air Force’s B-2 radar modernization program, which seeks to equip the entire 20-aircraft B-2 fleet with the new AESA system by 2011. Last December the Air Force let a $468 million production contract for Northrop to build the remaining sets of new arrays.
There are already dozens of programs aimed at providing career assistance to military families. But Congress and the Pentagon can do more to study just how well those programs are working and understand other challenges facing military spouses seeking employment, advocates from the National Military Spouse Network argued Jan. 19.