The team will also be responsible for the delivery of a true open system architecture that will permit the US Government to own the technical baseline for future upgrades and minimise life cycle cost.
The new partnership will see Lockheed serving as the lead systems integrator for the programme. Meanwhile, Raytheon will offer its capabilities in ground surveillance, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems, mission systems integration, and Joint surveillance and target attack radar system (JSTARS) communications.
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Advanced Development Programs executive vice-president and general manager Rob Weiss said: "Our track record of performance in systems integration and leadership in Open Mission Systems, combined with our teammates’ relevant products and in-depth experience, give us confidence that we can provide the air force the best possible solution."
On the other hand, Bombardier will be responsible to deliver its ultra-long-range global business jet platform.
This will support the JSTARS programme by allowing the on-board radar to survey the battlespace for extended periods of time without refuelling.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft Specialized Aircraft vice-president Stéphane Villeneuve said: "The track record we built over the past years with the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) programme for the air force using the Bombardier Global platform makes us very well-positioned in this market segment."
Recently, Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems unit has teamed up with General Dynamics and its subsidiary, Gulfstream, and L-3 Aerospace Systems to pursue JSTARS recap programme.
Image: An artist’s conceptual image of the JSTARS Recap business jet platform proposed by the Lockheed Mairn-led team. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation.