Report: AF Not Replacing Northrop Joint Stars Plane For ISR Missions

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U.S. Air Force plans to not upgrade its surveillance aircraft will not lead to the U.S. Navy taking over the Air Force’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, Jeff Schogol from Military Times reports

The Air Force does not plan to upgrade avionics on its E-8 Joint Stars fleet, made by Northrop Grumman, according to Schogol. 

Attendees of a May 1 forum on May 1 asked Gen. Norton Schwartz, the Air Force’s chief of staff, whether these changes to the force’s fleet would lead to the Navy taking over surveillance missions with its Boeing-built P-8 Poseidon aircraft.

Schwartz said E-8 would not be replaced by the Navy’s P-8 since it doesn’t meet mission requirements, according to the report.

Budget constraints have led the Air Force to focus on developing and funding the Lockheed-built F-35, a new tanker and on long-range bombers, he added.

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