Northrop Grumman to upgrade National Guard F-16s with APG-83 AESA radar

BALTIMORE. U.S. Air Force officials selected Northrop Grumman to upgrade 72 U.S. Air National Guard F-16s with the company's APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) as the active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar upgrade.

The radar upgrade will meet a U.S. Northern Command Joint Emergent Operational Need for homeland defense. It extends the operational viability and reliability of the and provides pilots with 5th generation fighter radar capabilities to counter and defeat increasingly sophisticated threats, officials say.

The has also been selected by a growing number of international customers and is the base radar for Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Block 70. began delivering production APG-83 radars for its first international customer on schedule at the end of 2016.

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