Boeing to Upgrade B-1B Lancer

Boeing has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force to integrate three major modifications on the B-1B Lancer bomber fleet.

The upgrade includes a new Vertical Situation Display Unit for the forward cockpit. The unit is going to replace two monochrome pilot and co-pilot displays with four multi-functional color displays, giving the pilots more situational awareness data in a user-friendly format.

Rockwell (Boeing) B-1B Lancer Cockpit
Rockwell (Boeing) B-1B Lancer Cockpit

The new B-1 Fully Integrated Data Link will give the aft cockpit new digital avionics including a Link 16 data link, which adds line-of-sight capability to the B-1’s existing beyond line-of-sight Joint Range Extension Applications Protocol (JREAP) data link, and integrates the JREAP data onto new, full-color displays with intuitive symbols and moving maps.

The new Central Integrated Test System adds a new color display in the aft cockpit and replaces an obsolete computer that continuously monitors the aircraft’s performance. It also is used by ground support personnel to identify and troubleshoot B-1 system anomalies.

All three programs will be installed from late 2012 through 2019 in a single modification called the Integrated Battle Station.

Source: Boeing