On December 28, the US Air Force released a ‘request for proposals’ to develop a Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) replacement. The current Joint STARS, based on an E-8C aircraft (modified Boeing 707) is an airborne battlefield management, command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform.
First flying in Operation Desert Storm in 1991 the JSTARS has become an invaluable asset to the US military with the current fleet of aircraft surpassing one million flight hours.
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