WHITEMAN AFB, Mo., July 21, 2009 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has moved the U.S. Air Force a critical step closer to being able to drop a 30,000 pound penetrator weapon from the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.
On April 28, an Air Force team, a Northrop Grumman-led aircraft contractor team and a Boeing-led weapon contractor team verified that the equipment required to integrate the new Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) on the B-2 -- the hardware that holds the MOP inside the weapons bay, the weapon itself, and the hardware used by the aircrew to command and release the weapon -- will fit together properly inside the aircraft.
Northrop Grumman is the Air Force's prime contractor for the B-2, the flagship of the nation's long-range strike arsenal. The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) is the prime contractor for the MOP, and a subcontractor to Northrop Grumman on the B-2 MOP integration effort.
"This fit check represents a significant step in identifying and mitigating technical risks associated with integrating the MOP onto the B-2," said Col. Kevin Harms, USAF, Commander, 702nd Aeronautical Systems Group.
Dave Mazur, vice president and B-2 program manager for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector agreed. "The things we learned by doing this test will help us execute any future B-2 MOP integration program in a faster, more cost-effective manner."
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