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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 585-94
October 14, 1994

JOINT STARS VISITS NATO TO DEMONSTRATE CAPABILITY

The Department of Defense plans to demonstrate the Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) in Europe Oct. 17-28.

JSTARS is a long-range, air-to-ground surveillance and battle management system consisting of an E-8 aircraft and associated ground station modules being developed for the U.S. Air Force and Army by Northrop Grumman and Motorola. JSTARS addresses a critical need to provide field commanders the ability to look deep behind hostile borders to detect and track ground movements.

JSTARS is a viable candidate to meet the requirements of a NATO ground surveillance capability, recently validated by Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. Operating with the NATO Airborne Warning and Control (AWACS) aircraft -- which provides airspace situational awareness -- a complementary NATO owned and operated JSTARS would provide NATO with its own capability to observe the situation on the ground during crises and peacekeeping operations. An "in production" system, such as JSTARS, could provide NATO an initial operational capability by the turn of the century. The European demonstration provides an opportunity for senior officials of the NATO nations to see JSTARS first hand, as they move toward decisions on a ground surveillance capability for NATO.

Flights by the E-8 aircraft along with Ground Station Module demonstrations are planned for RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom, (Oct. 19), Brussels, (Oct. 24, 25), NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany (Oct. 27) and Paris (Oct. 28). Ground Station Module only demonstrations are scheduled at other sites (e.g. Bonn, London, and SHAPE Headquarters) and times in addition to those in conjunction with E-8 flights.

For information on the deployment contact Major Alvina Mitchell, Air Force Public Affairs, (703) 695-0640.

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