B-2 Bomber

The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded a contract to ProActive Technologies to provide contractor logistics support (CLS) services for its B-52 Stratofortress bomber’s training system programme.

With a one-year performance period and four option years, the contract covers delivery of programme management and on-site CLS for operation, maintenance, sustainment and upgrade of aircrew training devices (ATDs) at Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) in Louisiana and Minot AFB in North Dakota, US.

ProActive will use the subcontractor, Boeing Global Services & Support division’s extensive experience in training devices development and B-52 bomber’s maintenance, refurbishment and modernisation programmes to provide services under the contract.

ProActive Technologies president Robert Acevedo said the company will provide its solutions-oriented and value-driven training and engineering capabilities to the B-52 CLS programme.

”Along with our teammate, The Boeing Company, ProActive is singularly focused on providing superior services and delivering innovative technologies to support our warfighters,” Acevedo added.

Boeing Training Systems and Government Services vice president Mark McGraw said ProActive will utilise the company’s proven aircraft expertise to ensure warfighter’s training on concurrent devices.

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"Our team will provide the customer with a proven low-risk approach that ensures reduced costs and superior operational performance," McGraw added.

The B-52 training systems programme primarily aims to address the Air Combat Command’s (ACC) requirements for high-fidelity, concurrent trainers for effective, continual training of B-52 aircrews.

Powered by eight Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3 turbofan engines, the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, subsonic, strategic bomber designed to carry and fire both nuclear and conventional munitions for deterrence missions.

The aircraft first entered service with USAF in 1955, and has also been operated by the navy in support of anti-surface and submarine warfare missions.

Image: A B-52H bomber in flight over the desert. Photo: courtesy of the USAF.