E-8C Joint STARS

Joint STARS Video

Program Overview

The Northrop Grumman E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) is the premier airborne command, control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C2ISR) platform for the U.S. Air Force’s air-to-ground battle management and surveillance operations. The platform provides long endurance, all-weather surveillance, and targeting of moving and stationary targets, helping U.S. and allied forces shorten the attack and decision chain.

As a battle management asset, the E-8C supports the full spectrum of roles and missions from peacekeeping to forward deployed operations. Warfighters use the platform to detect, locate, classify, track and target hostile ground/surface movements, communicating real-time information through secure data links with command posts.

The platform has accrued more than 130,000 combat hours in support of operations in Kuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. Joint STARS frequently operates in hot spots around the world, supporting military, disaster relief, peacekeeping, and counter-drug operations.