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Northrop Grumman completes F-16 AN/APG-83 radar installations for US National Guard

15th June 2022 - 09:45 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Northrop Grumman's AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (Photo: Northrop Grumman)

Northrop Grumman has rounded off radar upgrades for US National Guard F-16 combat jets.

The USAF has finished installation of Northrop Grumman's AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) on Air National Guard F-16 fighter jets. 

The manufacturer confirmed the development in a June 10 statement adding that the upgraded radars support a US Northern Command Joint Emergent Operational Need (JEON). 

'SABR extends the operational viability and reliability of the Air National Guard F-16s and provides pilots with 5th generation fighter radar capabilities,' said Northrop Grumman.

'With this upgrade, the APG-83 radar is flying operationally on 72 jets stationed at nine U.S. Air National Guard bases throughout the country.' 

'The greater bandwidth, speed and agility of the APG-83 enables the F-16 to detect, track and identify a greater number of targets faster and at longer ranges.' 

The SABR also features all-weather, high-resolution synthetic aperture radar mapping so pilots are provided with a large surface image for precise target identification and strike, according to Northrop Grumman. 

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