AN/APY-7 Radar Logistics & Depot Support (J-STARS)

E-8C Joint STARS

The E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) is an airborne battle management and command and control (C2) platform that conducts surveillance of fixed and moving ground targets to develop and understanding of the enemy situation and to support location, tracking, targeting, and attack operations. These functions support the primary mission of Joint STARS – to provide dedicated support of ground and air theatre commanders.

The radar and computer subsystems on the E-8C can gather and display both broad area and detailed battlefield information. Position and tracking information on enemy and friendly ground forces is collected as events occur. This information is analyzed on board and also relayed in near-real time to the Army's common ground stations and other operations centers via the secure, jam-resistant surveillance and control data link. Battlefield situational information is also relayed to ground command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) nodes beyond line-of-sight via several on-board radio communication systems.

  • Radar operation modes
  • Wide area surveillance
  • Sector search
  • Attack control
  • Moving target indicator
  • Synthetic aperture radar
  • Ground reference coverage area