ORLANDO, Florida—The U.S. Air Force is redefining the way it executes a key mission, battle management command-and-control, in response to a growing threat from China.
Central to that effort is developing a next-generation “advanced battle management system” (ABMS) that will be survivable in a contested environment.
To pave the way for ABMS, the Air Force in its fiscal 2019 budget request proposed doing away with Northrop Grumman’s aging E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (J-Stars) surveillance and battle management fleet.
The Air Force plans to keep the existing fleet operational until the mid-2020s, at which point it will transition to ABMS.
“We do not believe J-Stars will survive and be able to be deployed and used against China, or in a highly contested environment in China or Russia, post-2025,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Feb. 22 at the Air Force Association’s annual air warfare conference here. READ MORE...
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