Northrop Grumman awarded contract to upgrade radio terminals abord Joint STARS
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a contract to upgrade existing radio terminals aboard the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System fleet and replace them with Air Force Tactical Receive System-Ruggedized terminals. AFTRS-R assures capability for the Joint STARS fleet and those interacting with the weapon system to receive intelligence reports, including threat warnings in hostile environments, ensuring undiminished battle management in support of warfighters in the air, on the ground and at sea. The AFTRS-R contract is a separate delivery order under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity Joint STARS Systems Improvement Program III contract awarded by the U.S. Air Force to Northrop Grumman in October 2013. Other modifications under JSSIP III to maintain 21st-century mission readiness include the Global Imagery Server, which allows for the display of worldwide imagery data on all Joint STARS operator work stations, and the Automatic Identification System that will provide Joint STARS with a permanent, integrated solution for maritime identification of participating vessels.