U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue on Tuesday introduced an amendment to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act that would ensure that the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) is maintained as a national defense priority and not, as has been floated as a possibility, retired from service in the next several years.
JSTARS is essentially a fleet of modified Boeing 707-300’s containing advanced radar, communications, operations, and control subsystems used across the globe by the U.S. Air Force. The first two aircraft were deployed in Operation Desert Storm, and the fleet now contains 16 total planes that have flown more than 85,000 combat hours supporting six separate Combatant Commands.
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