AMSTEAffordable Moving Surface Target Engagement (military)
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In the AMSTE scenario, once a JDAM is released, E-8C Joint Stars will be able to provide the weapon with continuous updates of a target's position to the weapon until impact," Hyde said.
For example, using AMSTE technology to eliminate the need for visual target acquisition and weapons employment allows use of bombers rather than many short-range, low payload fighters to target land forces.
In this context it is noteworthy that Northrop Grumman has been selected by Darpa to continue development on network-based airborne radars under the AMSTE (Affordable Moving Surface Target Engagement) programme.