USAF Selects the Northrop APG-83 SABR for F-16 AESA Radar Upgrade

The U.S. Air Force selected Northrop Grumman Corporation?s APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) as the active electronically scanned array (AESA) for its F-16 radar upgrade.

Northrop Grumman will upgrade 72 U.S. Air National Guard F-16s to meet a U.S. Northern Command Joint Emergent Operational Need for homeland defense.

?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, vice president, combat avionics systems, Northrop Grumman. ?The APG-83 SABR system is in full rate production and available now for U.S. and international F-16 upgrades.?

The radar upgrade extends the operational viability and reliability of the F-16 and provides pilots with 5th generation fighter radar capabilities to counter and defeat increasingly sophisticated threats.

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