Raytheon and Northrop contracted for JSTARS radar battle
The US Air Force has locked in Raytheon and Northrop Grumman as its two competing radar vendors for the new-generation Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) programme. Each has been awarded “not-to-exceed” contracts with ceiling values of $60 million and $70 million, respectively, according to a contract announcement by the air branch on 24 March.
The two companies have received $7.5 million each to begin maturing their competing long-range, wide-area surveillance radars systems ahead of a downselect to one supplier in late 2017 or early 2018.
The winning side will build 17 units, to be attached to 17 yet-to-be-determined business jets built by one of three competing suppliers – Gulfstream, Bombardier or Boeing [Boeing airframe a 737-700 business jet]…
The new JSTARS fleet is expected to deploy worldwide for day and night operations in all weather conditions, providing battlefield surveillance and coordination via onboard battle management consoles manned by technical specialists, according to air force documents.
Lockheed Martin Skunk Works is working on an JSTARS system based on a Bombardier Global series aircraft. Northrop Grumman is teamed with Gulfstream for the 550 or 650.
Lots more on various Bombardier angles here.