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Air Force points to MQ-9, future sensor investments to replace JSTARS recapitalization

February 12, 2018 |
Rachel Karas
The Air Force is pursuing new battle management and command-and-control efforts after abandoning the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization program in its fiscal year 2019 budget request. "We propose to modernize seven E-3 Airborne Warning Command and Control aircraft and keep the current E-8C JSTARS operational through the mid-2020s, as we develop and transition to an advanced battle management system," Air Force spokeswoman Maj. Emily Grabowski said today. "This approach will integrate space, air, and ground-based sensors...

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