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Sierra Nevada Corporation has been revealed as the fourth contender for the US Air Force’s Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) Recapitalization programme, confirming to Flightglobal that it partnered with Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation to offer a replacement for the radar-carrying E-8C.
The USAF awarded contracts to Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin for a risk-reduction programme leading into the main competition and downselect in 2017, but the service’s 7 August contract notice noted that four offers were received.
Unlike its rivals, who revealed their competing designs and teaming arrangements prior to the announcement, SNC kept quiet and still remains tight-lipped even after being sidelined, perhaps because losing the risk-reduction contract does not prevent the company from competing for the full development contract later.