J-STARS AND ABMS LATEST

E-8 REPLACEMENT PLANS EVOLVE

A USAF E-8C J-STARS supported ‘BALTOPS’ and Exercise ‘Saber Strike 18’ from Skrydstrup, Denmark, in June. USAF/SMSgt Roger Parsons

THE US AIR Force is preparing to move forward with the development of an Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS), while re-igniting its project to replace its Northrop Grumman E-8C J-STARS ground surveillance and battle management aircraft. According to lawmakers, the USAF’s decision to kill the J-Stars recapitalization program would send a message to the US Army that it is no longer prioritizing the critical battle management and ground surveillance mission.

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