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Boeing E-8C 'Joint STARS'
Official Designation E-8C 'Joint STARS'
Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System
Primary Role Airborne battle management
National Origin USA
Original Contractor The Boeing Company
Current Contractor Grumman Aerospace Company
Operator United States Air Force
Wingspan 145 feet, 9 inches (44.4m)
Length 152 feet, 11 inches (46.6m)
Height at Tail 42 feet, 6 inches (13m)
Armament None
Engines Four Pratt & Whitney TF33-102C turbofans
Thrust 19,200 pounds (85kN) per engine
Optimum Orbit Speed 450 to 590 mph (720-945km/h; Mach 0.6 to 0.8)
Endurance 11 hours; 20 hours with inflight refueling
Service Ceiling 42,000 feet (12,802m)
Operating Weight Unknown
Max Takeoff Weight 331,000 pounds (150,142kg)
Basic Crew 21 to 34
Date Deployed June 1996
Total in Service Four aircraft (14 to be delivered to the USAF by 2003)
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