USAF releases request for proposal for JSTARS programme


The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for the procurement of joint surveillance target attack radar system (JSTARS).

The JSTARS Recapitalisation programme is aimed at delivering critical warfighting capability for the air force personnel.

The RFP was released following receipt of an Acquisition Decision Memorandum, which was signed by the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics in September 2016.

The Recap programme recently completed an 11-month pre-engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) effort, which helped in evaluating the maturity of subsystem technology, reduced weapon system integration risk and provided information for the RFP.

JSTARS Recap programme manager colonel Dave Learned said: “We’ve completed successful pre-EMD efforts with industry and continue to make progress on our radar risk reduction activities.”

The JSTARS is said to provide airborne battle management command and control of joint and coalition forces, as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information about ground movements to detect and track enemy forces.

The proposal also includes the procurement of the airframe, radar, communication systems and battle management command and control suite.

"The proposal also includes the procurement of the airframe, radar, communication systems and battle management command and control suite."

Additionally, the USAF will procure ground support systems, such as training systems, mission planning and processing systems, system integration labs, support equipment and spares.

The programme will replace the existing airborne battle management command and control weapon system.

Contract under the programme is expected to be awarded in 2018, with plans to have assets available for initial operational capability by the end of 2024.


Image: An E-8C JSTARS from the 7th Expeditionary Airborne Command and Control Squadron lands at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Photo: courtesy of US Air Force.