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Through the years, the B-52's mission and thus the weapons it carries have changed.
California, US-based Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) has announced Boeing Company has selected it as a radar supplier for the B-52 bomber radar modernization program, the company said.
"Our new AESA radars give aircrews the eyes they need to achieve their mission for the duration of the B-52's service life."
The carrier and a B-52 bomber task force were ordered towards the Gulf, as Washington reiterated that intelligence reports suggested Iran was planning some sort of attack in the region.
She said work on the B-52 bomber will include new engines and "critical modernization for the B-52 platform" to extend the life of the aircraft through 2050 and possibly longer.
Palmer's long journey to Boom School started on active duty as a tail gunner in the B-52 in 1988, the last year of Ronald Reagan's presidency as the Cold War was winding down.
The US television network CNN reported on Wednesday that six B-52 bombers were redeployed from Louisiana to Europe for "theater integration and flying training" in cooperation with NATO allies and partners.
The two B-52 aircraft are part of Washington's "continuous bomber presence" mission, which is based in Guam.
The iconic B-52 airframes first came off the production line more than six decades ago.
Earlier in the day, a source said a US B-52 strategic bomber might not participate in the ongoing drills.
Two B-52 bombers of the United States Air Force flew from their base in Guam to an area east of the disputed Dongsha or Pratas Islands in the South China Sea, sending a warning message to China, reports said Wednesday.
During more than five decades of operational service, the Boeing B-52 heavy bomber has been the backbone of the strike capability of the U.S.
Meanwhile, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov accused Washington of using strategic military planes like the B-52 in shelling of Mosul.
Air Force deployed B-52 bombers to Qatar on Saturday to join the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the first time they have been based in the Middle East since the end of the Gulf War in 1991.
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