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US Air Force awards Northrop Grumman JSTARS aircraft modernisation contract

01 October 2019
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The US Air Force (USAF) awarded Northrop Grumman a contract potentially worth USD495 million on 27 September for E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft modernisation and sustainment.

The award covers 16 mission and one trainer aircraft as part of an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) arrangement. The deal will support the current JSTARS programme office and Air Combat Command (ACC) projections of improvement to increase or maintain E-8C performance, capability, reliability, and maintainability, according to a Pentagon statement. Work is expected to be completed by 26 September 2024 and the award was sole-sourced.

Northrop Grumman could provide upgrades such as communication and mission systems for the E-8C JSTARS aircraft through a 27 September US Air Force contract. (Northrop Grumman)Northrop Grumman could provide upgrades such as communication and mission systems for the E-8C JSTARS aircraft through a 27 September US Air Force contract. (Northrop Grumman)

Northrop Grumman spokesperson Christine Denton said on 30 September that the company will continue providing overarching development and modernisation for the JSTARS programme under the contract. Potential upgrades across the fleet, she said, include communication and mission system, enabling the platform to maintain its position as a premiere battle management system.

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