|An artist's concept of the JSTARS Recap business jet platform proposed by the Lockheed Martin-led team with Raytheon and Bombardier. Photo: Lockheed Martin|
[Avionics Today 06-18-2015] Raytheon and Bombardier have teamed with Lockheed Martin to deliver what they describe as a low-risk, affordable solution for the United States Air Force's Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) Recapitalization program. The Lockheed Martin-led team will provide the Air Force capabilities superior to the current JSTARS. The team will also deliver an open system architecture to allow the government to own the technical baseline for future upgrades and reduce life cycle cost.
Lockheed Martin will serve as the lead systems integrator for the program and Raytheon will offer their experience with ground surveillance, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems, mission systems integration and JSTARS communications. Bombardier will provide its ultra-long-range Global business jet platform, which is less expensive to operate than modern airliners and is uniquely suited to the JSTARS mission by allowing the onboard radar to see further and deeper into valleys and survey the battlespace for extended periods of time without refueling.