Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Northrop Grumman Actively Pursuing MP-RTIP Radar Enhancement For Joint STARS Platform

U.S. Air Force's E-8C Joint STARS platform may be enhanced with the addition of Northrop Grumman's Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP) sensor system.
by Staff Writers
Melbourne FL (SPX) Oct 16, 2007
The capabilities of the U.S. Air Force's E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) platform may be enhanced with the addition of a Wide Area Surveillance (WAS) Multi-platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP) radar. Northrop Grumman is actively pursuing options with the Air Force; the U.S. Congress has expressed interest in fielding on Joint STARS a viable cruise missile defense capability such as that offered by the WAS MP-RTIP radar.

The WAS MP-RTIP sensor is a modular active electronically scanned array radar system that can be scaled in size for integration into the Joint STARS platform.

"This is a fiscally sound and cost-effective move," said Dave Nagy, Northrop Grumman vice president for Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) programs. "It meets the warfighter's need for a battle management command and control and a cruise missile defense capability and addresses the looming reduction in manufacturing sources for the current Joint STARS sensor."

The E-8C Joint STARS aircraft is an exclusively maintained Northrop Grumman-modified Boeing 707-300 series commercial aircraft that detects, locates, classifies, tracks and targets hostile ground movements, communicating real-time information through secure data links.

"This critical upgrade will address improved battle management, command and control in manned airborne surveillance platforms," said Gary Ervin, corporate vice president and president-elect of Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector. "Adding the MP-RTIP radar, proven in tests aboard the Global Hawk to Joint STARS, brings a versatile, proven, high performer to our manned system capabilities, and we look forward to the benefits this technology can offer our armed services."

MP-RTIP radar enhancement will further thrust the Joint STARS platform into the future. "The transition of MP-RTIP to Joint STARS is feasible, and it's the right thing to do," said Nagy. "When coupled with ongoing upgrade programs, including improved communications, networking and new engines, the result will be a tremendously powerful ISR asset for the warfighter."

Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Related Links
Read the latest in Military Space Communications Technology at

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Boeing Advanced Military Satellite Begins On-Orbit Checkout
Schriever AFB CO (AFNS) Oct 15, 2007
Airmen with the 3rd Space Operations Squadron and contractors with Boeing Corporation took over early-orbit operations on Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite Vehicle 1 from a Boeing facility in El Segundo, Calif., approximately 30 minutes after it launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Oct. 10. The teaming gives 3rd SOPS Airmen an opportunity to become acquainted with WGS during its initial stages, said 50th Operations Group commander Col. Clinton Crosier.

  • Walker's World: Inflating Russian reality
  • Analysis: China's unique assets
  • US reassures Russia on bases, warns over arms sales
  • Sarkozy praises 'frank' talks with Putin, 'closer' views on Iran

  • NKorea beefs up security around nuclear test site: report
  • Iran nuclear talks put off due to apparent Chinese rebuff
  • IAEA unaware of 'undeclared nuclear facility' in Syria
  • US touts 'excellent record' on complying with disarmanent obligations

  • Cruise Missile Sector Facing Supersonic Challenge
  • NKorea tests new solid-fuel missile, MP says
  • Taiwan unveils missiles at National Day parade
  • Raytheon Awarded 150 Million Dollar Patriot Pure Fleet Contract

  • Lockheed Martin Inaugurates Target Single Integration Capability For The MDA
  • BMD Focus: Barak's BMD strategy -- Part 2
  • Outside View: U.S., Russia at odds on BMD
  • Kuwait to buy Patriot missiles

  • MEPs seek limits on aircraft emissions by 2010
  • New Delft Material Concept For Aircraft Wings Could Save Billions
  • Aircraft And Automobiles Thrive In Hurricane-Force Winds At Lockheed Martin
  • Cathay Pacific chief hits out at anti-aviation critics

  • Reaper Aids Commanders On Battlefield
  • UAS Video Terminal Connects Boots On The Ground To Eyes In The Sky
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Increase In Numbers
  • UAS Video Terminal Connects Boots On The Ground To Eyes In The Sky

  • Pentagon defends war strategy in face of Sanchez attack
  • Military Matters: Win mirage -- Part 1
  • Analysis: The Baghdad follies
  • Outside View: Mahdi Army threat in S. Iraq

  • Northrop Grumman's LITENING AT System Completes Bold Quest Demonstration
  • Defense Focus: Border business -- Part 1
  • QinetiQ Demonstrates Day Night All Environment Visibility Solution For Helicopter Pilots
  • Prospects of overseas deals boosting Israel Defense Industries

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement