Northrop Grumman will upgrade the E-8C
The U.S. Air Force has awarded a risk reduction study contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation for the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) Radar Modernization program. The study will be performed under Northrop Grumman`s existing Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Radar (MP-RTIP) program.
Source: Northrop Grumman
The $5.8 million study will look at risk reduction efforts involved in adapting the wide-area surveillance version of the MP-RTIP sensor, originally planned for the E-10A aircraft, for Joint STARS.
Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the Joint STARS program and responsible for full system life cycle support. Work on the study will be done at Northrop Grumman facilities in Norwalk, Conn., Melbourne, Fla. and El Segundo, Calif. and Raytheon`s Space and Airborne Systems business unit.
The U.S. Air Force E-8C Joint STARS is a highly modified commercial aircraft that detects, locates, classifies, tracks and targets hostile ground movements, communicating real-time information through secure data links to ground and airborne forces.
All Joint STARS aircraft are assigned to the Georgia Air National Guard`s 116th Air Control Wing, a ``total-force blended wing,`` based at Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, Ga. The wing comprises active-duty Air Force, Army and Air National Guard personnel. Crews from the 116th have flown more than 40,000 combat hours supporting coalition forces in the Global War on Terrorism.