The Boeing B-52H is in its fifth decade of operational service. It primarily provides the United States with immediate nuclear and conventional global strike capability. OKLAHOMA CITY - The U.S. Air Force on August 28 awarded Boeing [NYSE: BA] a contract for B-52 bomber with combat network communications technology, known as CONECT.

The B-52 bomber was built during the Cold War, Boeing’s CONECT modernizes communication systems for the B-52 bombers with enhancements that keep the aircraft  in flight.

Renee Sauerland, B-52 CONECT project manager for the Air Force, said: “The multifunction, critical capability that CONECT provides for the B-52 was at risk for missing kit installation schedule. 

"Boeing and the Air Force's collaborative effort to reduce the kit contracting process by 50 percent paved the way to deliver on-time, quality war-fighting capabilities. Parallel efforts, which required early participation, communication and coordination from Boeing, sub-tier suppliers, DCAA and DCMA were key in making CONECT a success!”

Scot Oathout, B-52 program director for Boeing, added: “Each B-52 bomber comes in for program depot maintenance once every four years, and CONECT is installed at that time. 

We have delivered all previously contracted kits to the Air Force but needed to get additional kits on contract so upgrades could continue on every bomber that comes through – once you miss an aircraft, it is four years before you have another opportunity to touch it. "

"I’m proud of the Boeing team and thankful for our cooperative relationship with the customer that allowed us to complete negotiations so that the remainder of the fleet will receive CONECT.”