Yep, and the intriguing part of the foxtrot alpha article is:
A similar sensor to the AAS was originally intended for the USAF's E-10 "do everything" sensor and command aircraft. When that program fell apart, the Navy may have been left with a radar that is far superior to what is mounted on an entire fleet of USAF 707's, which consists of very old airframes that have a high cost of operation. In other words, the J-STARS fleet could have been vulnerable to the Littoral Surveillance Radar System's own success.
With this in mind, compartmentalizing the program deep within the Navy may have saved it from being shot down via the boys in blue who would protect their existing, even if potentially inferior, ground moving target indicator mission at all costs. Although some of this is speculative, this same story has come up again and again, both in the press and in my own discussions with people associated with the communities that deployed and developed the LSRS.
Regardless of the turf wars, it makes a lot of sense to me that a 'deep black' effort could come up with some pretty impressive stuff as opposed to a 'bells and whistles' pork barrel effort like E-10, which pretty much imploded due to so many diametrically opposed objectives.
Surely it's not a fair comparison since E-10 was taking shape around a decade ago and if you believe Moore's Law
that is five doublings of the number of transistors available per chip (and similar magnitudes of reductions in watts per area), but still, this is impressive technology.
, for your contributions to this thread as well as to the forum as a whole. P-8 seems to be a great platform for defending our borders and when called for, beyond. Whatever role you and/or your co-workers played in it seems to be poised for great returns in both the near and in the distant future. Given this is April 15th, us taxpayers can perhaps feel a tiny bit better about filing that return when we see a program or two that delivers on time and on budget!