E-8C Joint STARS

Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems unit has partnered with General Dynamics and its subsidiary, Gulfstream, and L-3 Aerospace Systems to form an industry team for the US Air Force’s (USAF) E-8C joint surveillance target attack radar system (Joint STARS) recap programme.

The company is the prime contractor responsible to upgrade the USAF’s Joint STARS aircraft fleet, trainers and laboratories.

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems corporate vice-president and president Tom Vice said: "We have unmatched, proven expertise to advance the US Air Force’s battle management command and control, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance mission.

"We meet, or exceed, the air force’s acquisition requirements by integrating our team’s independently developed, mature and proven systems at the lowest cost, with the lowest risk to provide an innovative acquisition solution."

"The E-8C Joint STARS is a long-range, airborne battle management and command-and-control (C2) platform."

The partnership will see Gulfstream aircraft providing the USAF with key mission system requirements such as speed, range, altitude, endurance and reliability.

This will help the team to deliver battle management command and control / intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance solution to the USAF.

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On the other hand, L-3’s capabilities in aircraft modification and world-class communications solutions will also strengthen the efforts of this Northrop-led team.

The E-8C Joint STARS is a long-range, airborne battle management and command-and-control (C2) platform.

The aircraft is also capable of conducting ground surveillance to help commanders develop an understanding of the enemy situation, while simultaneously transmitting target locations to aircraft and ground strike forces.

Since 1991, the aircraft has been deployed in support of several US military missions, including the Operation Desert Storm, as well as for peacekeeping operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and during the Kosovo crisis, among others.

Image: An 116th Air Control Wing’s E-8C Joint STARS aircraft during its flight. Photo: courtesy of USGOV-PD.