Teaming to Deliver Advanced Defence Solutions to the Republic of Korea

SEOUL: Northrop Grumman have cemented ties with Korean majors LIG Nex1 and Huneed  in their bid for the Korean airborne Joint Surveillance Target Attack Attack Radar Systems (JSTARS-K).

The Corporation signed cooperative agreements with LIG Nex1 and Huneed as the company develops its JSTARS-K solution for the Republic of Korea’s Joint Moving Target Surveillance and Control Aircraft (JMTSCA) requirement.

The cooperative agreements are memoranda of understanding to deliver airborne battle management command and control (BMC2), a company statement said. Northrop Grumman is bringing its expertise in advanced technology, software, prime systems integration, advanced sensors and mission domain to deliver a low risk airborne BMC2 capability.

Northrop Grumman’s JSTARS-K will incorporate the unique capabilities and talents of each cooperative organization to deliver the best value solution.

“Northrop Grumman has more than 30 years of leadership in advanced airborne BMC2 capability and mission expertise; we have continued to develop and deliver new technologies to outpace evolving threats,” said Janice Zilch, vice president, multi-domain command and control programmes, Northrop Grumman. “With these cooperative agreements, we will deliver industry-leading capability powered with local content and talent to the Republic of Korea, ”the Oct 29 statement added.

The South Korean Ministry of National Defence plans to procure between 4 to 8 airborne JSTARS systems for the ROK Air Force in the near term. Northrop Grumman’s JSTARS-K team will utilise either of the US company’s  G500, G550 or G600 ultra long-range business jets as platforms. Cooperative agreements with Korean aerospace and defence businesses will enhance interoperability with existing Republic of Korea systems – adj/shp/mgm (Image: Northrop Grumman)