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Air Force Research Lab Develops B-52 Electrical Systems Tester

The Air Force Research Laboratory has developed an electrical systems tester to support maintenance work on the Boeing-built B-52 bomber aircraft.

AFRL teamed up with the Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and the University of Dayton Research Institute to build an EST prototype, the service said Monday.

The portable platform is designed to validate voltage, output power and frequency across various operating conditions of an aircraft's power system following a depot maintenance cycle.

“By performing the research in-house and teaming with UDRI to build the initial prototype, we were able to reduce costs significantly in order to redesign new units,” said Brett Jordan, an AFRL engineer.

The B-52 program office plans to deploy the tester at several Air Force Global Strike Command locations and collaborate with Air Force Global Strike Command to come up with a full implementation plan to field the platform in order to facilitate depot maintenance work.

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