23 Nov 2018

Northrop Grumman awarded $330M support contract for Joint STARS fleet

Northrop Grumman has won a 12-month, $330 million Total System Support Responsibility (TSSR) contract for the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) fleet.

From 1 November 2018 to 31 October 2019, Northrop Grumman will continue its long-standing relationship with the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. Under the contract, they will provide total systems support to the 116th and 461st Air Control Wings, including all sustainment and support aspects for the 16-aircraft Joint STARS fleet at Robins Air Force Base.

“The C2ISR division looks forward to the continued teaming with Northrop Grumman to improve critical aircraft availability to our combatant commanders while executing our Joint STARS 2030 roadmap,” said Colonel David Menke, Senior Materiel Leader of the C2ISR division.

“While supporting the Joint STARS mission over the past 33 years, we have focused on keeping the high-demand E-8C fleet available and mission capable for the combatant commanders,” added Jane Bishop, Vice President of Military Aircraft Surveillance Programs at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. “Our commitment to the supported soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen at the forward operating locations remains steadfast.”

Bishop continued: “The E-8C’s continue to serve as a low-risk pathfinder for the US Air Force through continued fleet capability enhancements while the air force develops the follow-on advanced battle management system.”

According to Northrop Grumman. Joint STARS is the only platform in the US to combine accurate wide-area moving target detection with synthetic aperture radar imagery to locate, classify and track surface targets in all weather conditions and from standoff distances. The fleet has flown more than 130,000 combat mission hours in support of the US Central Command since September 11, 2001.

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