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Air Warfare

Northrop Grumman continues Joint STARS support

13th January 2021 - 16:02 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Northrop Grumman to execute Total System Support Responsibility in 2021 across the E-8C fleet.

The USAF has renewed its contract with Northrop Grumman for support of the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS).

The latest $325 million deal for support services in 2021 follows a $309 million contract in 2020.

Northrop Grumman is prime systems integrator for all nine support and sustainment components across the USAF Joint STARS fleet, which totals 17 aircraft according to Shephard Defence Insight.

Janice Zilch, VP of manned airborne surveillance programmes at Northrop Grumman, said: ‘The overall modification and sustainment work will ensure continuous safety and system readiness for the E-8C fleet against evolving threat environments.’

Joint STARS delivers real-time battle management situational awareness by combining high-fidelity wide-area moving target detection, synthetic aperture radar imagery and robust battle management systems to locate, classify and track surface targets in all weather conditions from standoff distances.

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