Northrop Grumman has teamed up with General Dynamics and its subsidiary to pursue the US Air Force's Joint STARS recap program.
This complementary team leverages Northrop Grumman's role as the prime industry contractor for the Joint STARS E-8C wide area ground surveillance, and battle management command and control mission for the US Air Force, Gulfstream's aircraft and L-3's expertise in aircraft modification and world-class communications solutions.
"We have expertise to advance the U.S. Air Force's battle management command and control, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance mission," said Tom Vice, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.
"We meet, or exceed, the Air Force's acquisition requirements by integrating our team's independently developed, mature and proven systems at the lowest cost, with the lowest risk to provide an innovative acquisition solution," Vice added.
"Gulfstream offers the best possible combination of performance, cost-effectiveness and availability," said Larry Flynn, president,Gulfstream. "This team's Joint STARS recap proposal marries the extensive and varied experience of this team with the advanced and proven technology of Gulfstream business aircraft, resulting in a mature, non-developmental, ramp-ready solution for the Air Force."
The Gulfstream aircraft will provide the Air Force with key mission system requirements, such as speed, range, altitude, endurance and reliability – well positioning the team to deliver a highly capable, cost-effective and innovative battle management command and control/intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance solution to the Air Force, integrated on an efficient, business jet platform.