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On the Way to a Better B-2 Comm: Lockheed Martin has gotten the green light—and a $23 million contract from Northrop Grumman—to proceed with the upgrade of the B-2 bomber's satellite communications system. Earlier this year, the Air Force approved the plan presented by B-2 prime contractor Northrop. A company release says the modernized SATCOM will enable the B-2s to send and receive data faster and offers "beyond-line-of-sight, assured connectivity capability," ensuring the bombers are compatible with current and future extremely high frequency SATCOM architectures.