- Lockheed Martin adds SNC to its team vying for the US Air Force's JSTARS recap programme
- The programme is one of the service's top acquisition priorities
Lockheed Martin said on 20 June it added Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) to its team vying for the US Air Force's (USAF) Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) recapitalisation team.
SNC joins Bombardier and Raytheon as team members. Lockheed Martin is serving as the lead systems integrator for the team while Raytheon brings its experience with ground surveillance; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); and JSTARS communications.
SNC, which previously qualified as a prime contractor for JSTARS recap, will perform modifications to Bombardier's Global 6000 business jet aircraft and will help obtain the necessary airworthiness certifications from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and USAF. Ralph Pollitt, senior vice-president of SNC's intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), business area, said in a Lockheed Martin statement that the company has decades of experience in modifying and certifying commercial and military aircraft for a wide variety of users around the world.
Dave Rapp, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works JSTARS recap programme manager, said on 20 via a spokesperson that SNC will provide external modifications such as antenna installations for radios and fairings (also known as radomes) to house larger antennas. These, Rapp said, include the wide-area surveillance radar and common data link radio as well as the addition of an aerial refueling capability.
Rapp said SNC will also make internal modifications to add workstations for the mission crew operators, equipment racks to house mission electronics, and routing of electrical power and cooling for the mission systems. After these modifications (called Group A) are complete, Rapp said SNC will install the Group B user equipment, such as the radar, military radios, and battle management command and control (BMC2) displays.
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