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Northrop radars for USAF F-16s

12th June 2017 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Northrop Grumman’s APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) has been selected by the US Air Force as the active electronically scanned array (AESA) for its F-16 radar upgrade, the company announced on 7 June.

The company will supply SABR for 72 US Air National Guard F-16s, extending the aircrafts' operational viability and reliability. The upgrade will provide pilots with fifth generation fighter radar capabilities to counter and defeat emerging sophisticated threats.

The APG-83 SABR’s greater bandwidth, speed, and agility allow the F-16 to detect, track and identify targets faster and at longer ranges. The radar can operate in hostile electronic environments and features all-weather, high-resolution synthetic aperture radar mapping, which presents the pilot with a large surface image enabling precision target identification and strike.

The APG-83 AESA fire control radar integrates within the aircraft's current structural, power and cooling constraints without Group A aircraft modification.

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