As the complication and intensity of battlefield electronics increase, the U.S. premier signals intelligence-gathering aircraft is undergoing an upgrade in capability. Already, two RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft are now in the newest Baseline 7 avionics configuration and scheduled for deployment in January. The rest of the 17-aircraft fleet is to undergo the 16-month process by the end of 2006. The $3-million upgrade package includes new engines--"Which changes our attitude from fear of ...

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