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The US air force is poised to award sole-source contracts to Raytheon and Northrop Grumman for further development of their competing active electronically scanned array radars as part of its Northrop Grumman E-8C JSTARS recapitalisation effort.
Once developed, one of the two radars will become the centrepiece of the air force’s next-generation surveillance and battle management airplane, which is to be based on a commercial business jet.
The intent of the programme is to replace the 707-based E-8C fleet, which averages 46 years old.
According to a “notice of contract action” published today, the air force identified two American-based radar manufactures capable of performing the work: Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems of Dallas, Texas and Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems of Baltimore, Maryland.
According to the air force, the wide-looking radar must be able to detect and track “vehicles, slow-moving rotary and fixed wing aircraft, rotating antennas, jammers" as well as other dismount and stationary targets on land and at sea. Its synthetic aperture radar mode will be used for target location/tracking and terrain imaging.