Northrop Grumman wins Joint STARS support contract
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract for Total System Support Responsibility (TSSR) of the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) fleet by the US Air Force (USAF). The contract, worth $540 million, will run for a 30-month period, covering TSSR period 11.5 to 13 which began May 1, 2011 and concludes on Oct. 31, 2013.
According to the company, Northrop Grumman will partner Warner Robins Air Logistics Center (ALC) for the TSSR programme, providing integrated logistics support to the 116th Air Control Wing for all facets of base and depot level maintenance. The ALC and Northrop Grumman use each other's best practices to provide Joint STARS support that is economical and fully meets the needs of warfighters.
The 17-aircraft Joint STARS fleet is the only all-weather, long-range, real-time, wide area surveillance and battle management and command and control weapons system in the world. Joint STARS offers battlefield commanders real-time situational information, while simultaneously transmitting target locations to aircraft and ground strike forces. Joint STARS is the only platform in the US arsenal that combines accurate wide-area moving target detection with synthetic aperture radar imagery to locate, classify and track ground targets in all weather conditions from standoff distances.
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems is the prime contractor for the E-8C Joint STARS.
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