The radar modernization program for the B-2 has been delayed more than a year, but has finally transitioned from development to the production phase.
Read more about the delay here.
The US Air Force emailed me this contract announcement this morning:
The Air Force awarded a production contract with the Northrop Grumman Corporation yesterday, December 29, 2008, for the B-2 stealth bomber Radar Modernization Program (RMP). The production contract, with a target price of approximately $468 million, will provide advanced state-of-the-art radar components to ensure sustained operational viability of the B-2 bomber fleet, at Whiteman AFB, Missouri, well into the foreseeable future. Northrop Grumman Integrated System, Palmdale, California is the B-2 RMP prime contractor and has significant subcontracting efforts with Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, El Segundo California, Lockheed Martin Systems Integration, Owego, New York and BAE Systems, Greenlawn, New York. The award of the B-2 RMP production contract builds upon successful Initial Operational Test & Evaluation flight tests that were recently completed at Edwards AFB, California.