Northrop Grumman recently completed successful demonstrations of its Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) system for the U.S. Air Force's F-16 upgrade program. SABR is capable of generating synthetic aperture radar (SAR) maps, with automatic target cueing ability, similar to the active electronically scanned array sets on Lockheed Martin's F-22 and F-35 fighter aircraft.
(F-16. Photo, courtesy of Lockheed Martin.)
The system is designed to provide the "sharpest radar images ever" for an F-16 pilot, according to Northrop Grumman.
"This advance will give F-16 pilots the largest maps with the most detail that they have ever seen in the cockpit. Combined with SABR's automatic target cueing capability, the F-16 will have targeting capabilities unmatched by any other fourth-generation fighter," said Joseph Ensor, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting systems division.
The company is hoping that the U.S. Air Force selects SABR for the F-16 upgrade program in the near future.
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