UP­GRADE OF F-16 RADAR

SP's Aviation - - NEWS DIGEST -

The 416th Flight Test Squadron con­tin­u­ally con­ducts de­vel­op­men­tal test­ing to en­hance the war-fight­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the F-16 Fight­ing Fal­con. One fo­cus of the F-16 testers here is the in­te­gra­tion and test­ing of a new radar as part of the F-16 Radar Mod­erni­sa­tion Pro­gramme. Ac­cord­ing to its man­u­fac­turer Northrop Grum­man, the APG-83 Scal­able Agile Beam Radar is of fifth-gen­er­a­tion radar and is an ac­tive elec­tron­i­cally scanned ar­ray (AESA) fire con­trol radar. It is in­tended to re­place cur­rently used APG-66 and APG-68 radars and pro­vide the F-16 with ad­vanced ca­pa­bil­i­ties sim­i­lar to fifth-gen­er­a­tion fight­ers like the F-22 Rap­tor and F-35 Light­ning II. It also has the abil­ity to op­er­ate in dense elec­tronic en­vi­ron­ment, si­mul­ta­ne­ous multi-mode op­er­a­tions and en­hanced sys­tem avail­abil­ity through in­creased re­li­a­bil­ity, main­tain­abil­ity and sup­port­a­bil­ity. The APG-83 is de­signed to be in­stalled without mak­ing any ma­jor mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the jet.

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