The US Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a one-year, $98.5 million contract for Total System Support Responsibility (TSSR) of the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) fleet.
The contract has been awarded in the third year of the six-year TSSR program. Originally awarded two years ago, the original TSSR contract has a total value of more than $500 million and includes options that could extend Northrop Grumman’s participation on this program to more than 20 years.
The E-8C is a modified Boeing 707-300 series commercial airframe extensively remanufactured and modified with the radar, communications, operations and control subsystems required to perform its operational mission.
According to Northrop Grumman, Joint STARS offers battlefield commanders real-time situational information, while simultaneously transmitting target locations to aircraft and ground strike forces.
Joint STARS is said to be the only platform in the US arsenal that combines wide-area moving target detection with synthetic aperture radar imagery to locate, classify and track ground targets in all weather conditions from stand-off distances.