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General Dynamics to build wide-band radomes for F-16s

16th September 2020 - 11:09 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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General Dynamics Mission Systems has been awarded a $17.54 million contract to produce wide-band radomes for USAF F-16 aircraft that are equipped with AESA radars.  

The wideband radome is compatible with the Northrop Grumman AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar. 

Work will be performed in Marion, Virginia, for completion by 10 September 2032.  

The contract was awarded by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

General Dynamics designed the wide-band radome for installation in F-16 upgrade programmes up to Block 50/52, as the previous narrow-band radomes (with monolithic wall construction) were not capable of supporting full-bandwidth operations of AESA radars.

Prototype radomes have already been produced and tested and full qualification is underway, General Dynamics noted earlier in 2020.

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