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Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Northrop Grumman Eyes Accelerated JStars Timeline

Gulfstream G550 JSTARS testbedNorthrop Grumman, teaming with Gulfstream Aerospace and L-3 Communications for the U.S. Air Force Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JStars) replacement competition, believes it could have a platform ready to replace the current E-8C aircraft three years ahead of the current plans.

Like rival contender Boeing, NG has not yet confirmed a partner for the radar. The USAF last month awarded pre-engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) contracts valued between $9.9 million and $11.5 million to Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Northrop Grumman teams to assess maturity, risk and costs of a potential replacement for the current E-8C fleet.

Under the most recent USAF timeline a full EMD contract would be awarded in 2017 with initial operating capability (IOC) targeted in 2024.

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