B-52H Stratofortress System Program Office (SPO) Support
With the last one built in 1961, the
B-52 is the longest-serving combat aircraft in the current
USAF arsenal. The B-52 has the highest mission capability
rate among all USAF bombers. Some 90 B-52s are currently in
service, and the Air Force plans to keep the aircraft
operational and playing a critical role in our nation's
defenses until at least 2040. Maintaining these aging
aircraft to be operational is complex and challenging.
Since 1996 DRC has provided engineering,
programmatic, and technical support for acquiring, producing
and sustaining this critical weapon system. DRC assists the
government in defining requirements and developing, testing
and producing new capabilities for the B-52. We have been
involved in developing specifications for new systems,
developing repair and overhaul processes, and locating or
identifying sources for obsolete parts.
DRC helped develop and refine new
maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) processes and
procedures for numerous mechanical and electrical
assemblies. In one example, DRC engineers identified several
problems with misaligned aircraft structures. After initial
depot production, engine cowlings and flap assemblies could
not be installed without significant rework. The original
Mylar drawings of assemblies and fixtures had deteriorated
so badly they were unreadable. After intensive research, DRC
was able to re-engineer the drawing package. The first
assembly manufactured to the DRC-reworked specifications and
re-engineered drawing package was installed with absolutely
DRC also assisted the B-52 organization
through the six phases of its Operational Safety Suitability
and Effectiveness (OSS&E) certification process. The B-52
SPO accomplished this feat 18 months ahead of schedule,
making the program a leader in achieving OSS&E success, and
ultimately shaping Air Force OSS&E policy.
DRC provided the Electronic
Countermeasures Improvement Program with acquisition
management and production planning support that enabled the
B-52 SPO to achieve Full Mission Capability status in record
time. DRC's software engineering integrated software-driven
capabilities with existing software supporting B-52H
- Savings or cost avoidances have been
documented at more than $300 million.
- DRC's application of standards led to
quicker OSS&E certifications and led the Air Force to
adopt the standards and processes developed for the B-52
to the entire Air Force.
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