Bring Your Bizjets and Cool Widgets

Industry representatives interested in building or equipping the Air Force’s next generation JSTARS gathered at Hanscom AFB, Mass., with their factory-fresh business jets for an industry day earlier this month. “The purpose of the event was to open a dialogue with industry representatives and engage in discussion about the results of the latest JSTARS request for information,” said Maj. Kate Stowe, JSTARS recapitalization airframe and avionics team leader. The Air Force is seeking an aerial refueling capable business-sized jet, capable of carrying a 10-to-13 man crew, according to the release. Aircraft builders Bombardier and Gulfstream exhibited potential JSTARS platforms, and more than 35 companies participated in the event, which took place April 7-10, states the release. “We received some great technical information to help us move forward and identify the solutions for the program,” said Stowe. The Air Force is still in the market research stage of recapitalizing the legacy E-8C with a 16-strong bizjet fleet by 2022.