Northrop Grumman Corp. is set to provide its scalable agile beam radar (SABR) as the active electronically scanned array (AESA) for the U.S. Air Force’s F-16 radar upgrade, the company said. The deal covers 72 F-16s.
This is part of the U.S. Northern Command Joint Emergent Operational Need for homeland defense.
The APG-83 SABR extends operational viability and reliability for the aircraft. Pilots can fly with 5th-generation fighter radar capabilities. The solution can operate in hostile electronic environments and features all-weather, high-resolution syntactic aperture mapping.
“AESA radar upgrades are critically important to give the F-16 community, the tactical advantage it deserves, and we are honored to provide this differentiating technology for the safety and mission effectiveness of our warfighters,” said Bob Gough, VP of Combat Avionics Systems for Northrop Grumman. “The APG-83 SABR system is in full rate production and available now for U.S. and international F-16 upgrades.”
Northrop Grumman said the APG-83 SABR is also seeing interest in the international market. The company began delivering production APG-83 radars for its first international customer at the end of last year. The solution is also the base radar for Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Block 70.