The Pentagon on Wednesday (29 / 9) gave U.S. $ 12 billion contract to Boeing to help modernize the B-52 weapons systems in more than eight years. "The contract provides for the acquisition and maintenance activities required to support the ongoing modernization of the B-52 weapon system," Department of Defense said in a statement in Washington.
On Tuesday, Boeing said that they has received a separate three-year U.S. $ 5.3 billion contract with U.S. Navy to create a 124 jet fighter. Under the terms of the agreement, Boeing from 2012 to 2015 will submit 66 aircraft and 58 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets fighter EA-18-G Growlers to the U.S. Navy.
B-52 is U.S. long-range heavy bomber, designed in 1948 by the Boeing Company and first flown in 1952. Originally intended as an atomic-bomb carrier capable of reaching the Soviet Union, it has proved highly adaptable and has remained in service as a conventional bomber, cruise-missile carrier, and maritime reconnaissance platform. It has a wingspan of 185 ft (56 m) and a length of more than 160 ft (49 m). Powered by eight jet engines, its maximum speed at 55,000 ft (17,000 m) is 595 mph (960 kph).
EA-18-G Growlers is capable of advanced electronic warfare aircraft, that can do missions to disrupt the opponent's radar system based on aircraft carriers to replace the EA-6B Prowler. Boeing shares rose more than one percent after hours trading in the middle of the announcement Wednesday.
Boeing is currently competing with rival Airbus from Europe to win the U.S. $ 40 billion project to renew the U.S. military tanker aircraft fleet.