The E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System fleet consists of 16 operational aircraft and one training platform. The design is based around militarized Boeing 707s that come equipped with a sophisticated radar and battle management suite. USAF/MSgt William Greer

On December 28, the US Air Force released the final request for proposals for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) recapitalization development program to industry.

VALUED AT AS much as $6.9 billion, the Joint STARS recapitalization project will develop a new weapon system that will replace the US Air Force’s current fleet of highly praised E-8C airborne battle management command and control (BMC2) aircraft. The planned procurement includes 17 new aircraft, providing for the one-for-one replacement of the original E-8C fleet.

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