U.S. Air Force signs $64 million Bomber Armament Tester agreementNews
December 19, 2017
ARLINGTON, Va. The U.S. Air Force has signed a contract worth upwards of $64 million with BAE Systems to design, develop, manufacture, and sustain the Bomber Armament Tester (BAT) system for the Air Force's bomber fleet.
The Air Force intends to use the BAT system to test the operational readiness of the bomb ejector racks, rotary launchers, and pylon assemblies aboard its B-1B, B-2A, and B-52H combat aircraft.
Kevin Malone, vice president of Analytics Systems at BAE Systems, said "The BAT system provides critical verification that the aircraft’s weapon systems are operating as specified.”
This contract specifies engineering and manufacturing development of 90 BAT systems, to be delivered in three increments over the next nine years; work under the contract will be performed primarily at BAE Systems facilities in San Diego, California, and Fort Worth, Texas.