Hanscom Air Force Base   Right Corner Banner
Join the Air Force

News > Joint STARS demonstrates key network-enabled weapons capability
An Electronic Systems Center team working with an E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, pictured here, has been participating in the Joint Surface Warfare Joint Capability Technology Demonstration. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Shane Cuomo)
Download HiRes
Joint STARS demonstrates key network-enabled weapons capability

Posted 10/21/2010   Updated 10/21/2010 Email story   Print story


by Patty Welsh
66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

10/21/2010 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- An Electronic Systems Center team is wrapping up work on a demonstration that looks to greatly improve network enabled weapons capabilities for joint forces.

The Battle Management Directorate's E-8 Joint STARS Modernization Branch has been participating in the Joint Surface Warfare Joint Capability Technology Demonstration, or JSuW JCTD.

"The capability developed in this JCTD will provide a quantum leap in a commander's ability to conduct surface warfare with increased lethality to enemy forces and increased survivability of friendly forces," said Brittany Ridings, JSuW program manager.

The U.S. Navy-led JSuW JCTD demonstrates the military utility of having multiple joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets control anti-ship weapons against surface combatants at stand-off ranges.

"This work for Joint STARS began in August of 2008," said Ms. Ridings. "That was when the combined government and contractor team began to develop and integrate the prototype Link 16 Network Enabled Weapon software into the existing software architecture on the E-8 Joint STARS test platform."

From there, the team went through a graduated series of test events involving recorded data, distributed dynamic laboratory testing, ground testing and integration flights - all leading up to the final Operational Utility Assessment (OUA) flights.

OUA flights were successfully completed this September at the Point Mugu Sea Range in California. The specific role for Joint STARS was as a command and control node as well as a third party source to transmit in-flight target updates to guide Navy stand-off weapons to their target.

Using the Link 16 Network Enabled Weapon software, messages were exchanged regarding targeting, command and control, identification and weapon-fly out information. During three days of testing, Joint STARS successfully completed 13 runs with two Navy F/A-18 Hornets, two Joint Standoff Weapons (JSOW C-1) and two instrumented target ships.

"From the Joint STARS perspective, the demonstration was completely successful, as we were able to meet all objectives," said Ms. Ridings. "We transmitted a series of in-flight target update messages that were received and positively acknowledged, and the simulation indicated that the weapon would hit its target effectively."

Navy leadership was also pleased with Joint STARS' accomplishments.

"The fact that JSTARS performed almost flawlessly is a testament to the exceptional efforts by your team . . . and will help bring this critical net enabled weapons capability to the warfighter," said Navy Captain Carl Chebi, Precision Strike Weapons program manager.

No comments yet.  
Add a comment

 Inside Hanscom AFB

ima cornerSearch

tabMission NewsRSS feed 
Acquisition general speaks on priorities, Should Schedule

Upcoming Focus Week begins Oct. 26

JSTARS Cybersecurity Team receives coveted CIO award

Register for AFA Cyber Workshop

Fraud working group training scheduled

Air Force moves to replace AWACS radio system  1

Hanscom awards contract to improve deployable landing system capabilities

New interrogation system installed on AWACS, more in pipeline

tabHanscom NewsRSS feed 
C-130 crash takes lives of two Hanscom Airmen

In remembrance: former 66 ABW Commander Anzalone

Annual CFC drive begins Oct. 12

Team Hanscom promotions

24/7 fitness center access available soon

AFRC hosts Career Fair

Study Buddies raising the grade

Fire Prevention Week scheduled Oct. 4-10

Future NCOs complete ALS

Youth supervision policy amended

tabNews Briefs and HappeningsRSS feed 
Upcoming events

News in Brief

School Notes  1

tabCommentaryRSS feed 
Service dogs make a difference to disabled

CE seeking ways to reduce energy, water consumption

tabPhoto FeatureRSS feed 
Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Oct. 9

tabFeaturesRSS feed 
Command chief focused on mission, careers of Airmen

From Army Air Corps to U.S. Air Force, 71-years and counting

Site Map      Contact Us     Questions     USA.gov     Security and Privacy notice     E-publishing  
Suicide Prevention    SAPR   IG   EEO   Accessibility/Section 508   No FEAR Act