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The E-8 aircraft carries the airborne elements of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (J-STARS). J-STARS combines technologies developed in the Air Force's Pave Mover and Army's Stand-Off Target Acquisition System (SOTAS) programs. Joint-STARS is sometimes referred to as JSTARS.

The first two test aircraft were former 707-320 commercial airliners (ex-American Airlines and QANTAS 707-328Cs) with JT3D turbofan engines. The design has a...

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