USAF still examining JSTARS recap cancellation
The US Air Force has missed a self-imposed late October deadline for deciding the fate of a threatened plan to recapitalise the Northrop Grumman E-8C JSTARS fleet.
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31 OCTOBER, 2017
BY: LEIGH GIANGRECO
- But the USAF might not release a decision until the service sends its FY 2019 budget to Congress this spring.
The service has considered stepping away from a plan that would replace the E-8C JSTARS fleet with a new business jet and instead exploring alternative intelligence and surveillance platforms, a concept that could include using multiple systems to satisfy the ground surveillance and battle management role. USAF Secretary Heather Wilson is still gathering information on how data could be fused over several platforms and whether the technology to accomplish the JSTARS mission is ready.
It's not the first time Wilson has pushed the decision to cancel the recapitalisation. In September, she indicated the service would decide by October, but moved that date during a 5 October speech in Washington.
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