UPGRADE OF F-16 RADAR
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.