|About the Book|
The relevance of legacy systems such as the B-52 on future operations is a concern because many of our current capabilities are dependent on these systems. Despite the fact that the B-52 is almost 60 years old it still remains the backbone of the strategic bomber fleet because of the number of available airframes and the flexibility to perform a wide range of missions from close air support to nuclear deterrence. ... This paper will analyze the situation in the recent past and current situation using a quantitative study, which includes mission capability rate data and surveys sent to the field to determine the scope of the problem. Following analysis of the gathered data several proposed solutions will be given along with rationalization of the strengths and weaknesses of each proposal. The escalating costs of supporting the legacy B-52 ECM system requires a comprehensive structured approach if the airframe is to remain a viable platform until its projected retirement in 2040.