B-2 Antenna Back on Track:

According to Northrop Grumman, the company’s recent completion of installation, integration, and initial flight testing of the developmental test units for the B-2’s new radar antenna will let the Northrop-led team “complete the comprehensive [radar modernization program] interrupted last year by integration issues.” The Air Force had alerted Congress earlier this year to “technical maturity” problems with the new antenna. Now, Northrop B-2 program manager Dave Mazur says installation of the test units “is a major milestone” that “demonstrates not only the technical maturity of the highly complex radar itself, but also the ability of the B-2 industry team to identify and resolve technical issues in a positive, collaborative manner.” The Air Force urgently wants the new antenna to solve the B-2’s spectrum problem.