18 December 2013
Twenty years ago, the first operational B-2 stealth bomber, the Spirit of Missouri, made one circuit of the airfield at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., then landed, marking the start of one of the US´s most powerful defensive and diplomatic weapons.
Developed, produced and sustained by a US Air Force/Northrop Grumman Corp.-led (NYSE: NOC) industry team, the B-2 is the nation´s premier long range strike aircraft. The fleet of 20 bombers is based at Whiteman, near Kansas City, ready to defend the nation´s interests anywhere in the world, anytime day or night.
Northrop Grumman leads all B-2 modernization efforts. It also performs programmed depot maintenance on the fleet at its B-2 program office in Palmdale, Calif. Current modernization efforts will enhance the bomber´s communications, defensive and weapons capabilities.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.