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Release No: 079-96
March 19, 1996

No. 079-P:03/19/96:Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisiti

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology Paul G. Kaminski will accept the first production E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft, Friday, March 22, at the Northrop Grumman facility in Melbourne, Fla., at ceremonies beginning at 1 p.m. (EST). Northrop Grumman Chairman, President and CEO Ken Kresa will lead the ceremony. Also attending are Under Secretary of the Air Force Rudy de Leon and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Management Darleen A. Druyun.

Joint STARS is an airborne command and control and battle management system that provides commanders with real time tracking and targeting of ground and slow-moving airborne targets. The aircraft is a modified Boeing 707 that includes 17 workstations and a phased-array radar antenna.

The news media schedule follows:

· Joint STARS program briefing: 11:15 a.m. (EST)

· Acceptance Ceremony: 1 p.m.

· Press Availability with Kaminski, Kresa and Druyun following ceremony

News media interested in covering the event should contact John Vosilla, Northrop Grumman Corporate Communications, at (407) 951-5641 (March 20-22).

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