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B-52 Moves Into The Digital Age With Communications Upgrade

December 31, 1969

Satellite Links Greatly Improve Situational Awareness, Boeing Says U.S. Air Force B-52 bombers are being upgraded with digital communications systems from Boeing that will allow aircrews can send and receive information via satellite links, allowing crews to change mission plans and retarget weapons in flight and better interact with aircraft and ground forces. To date, mission information has been uploaded to a B-52 only before a flight, not during.

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