Northrop Grumman Has A Joint STARS Presence

Farnborough, September 5 -- Northrop Grumman brought the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) show to Farnborough, complete with E-8C aircraft. The system, now in low-rate production, is an airborne surveillance and target acquisition system providing real-time, accurate information for use in peacekeeping or battlefield situations.

Joint STARS is a cooperative program between the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army. The system detects, locates, classifies, tracks, and targets potentially hostile ground movement in all weather. It operates around the clock, in constant communication through secure data links with Air Force command posts, Army mobile ground stations or centers of military analysis far from the point of conflict.

The production airframe is a Boeing 707-300 aircraft. The 707 aircraft are remanufactured at Northrop Grumman's Louisiana Operations in Lake Charles, LA. According to present plans, a total of 19 production E-8C aircraft will be delivered.

Two developmental Joint STARS aircraft were called into service late last year, providing support for NATO's peacekeeping mission in Bosnia. From the end of December through February of 1996, the two planes flew a sortie a day.

NATO is currently evaluating the Joint STARS system as a solution to its airborne ground surveillance requirement.

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