Lockheed Martin has completed the maiden flight of the F-16V combat aircraft with Northrop Grumman's advanced APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR).
The SABR will deliver a quantum leap in capability for the venerable F-16.
The F-16V "Viper" advanced avionics configuration also includes a new cockpit Center Pedestal Display, a modernized mission computer, a high-capacity Ethernet data bus, and several other missions systems enhancements that collectively add significant combat capabilities to address the dynamic threat environments emerging in the coming decades.
"This flight marks a historic milestone in the evolution of the F-16," said Rod McLean, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin's F-16/F-22 Integrated Fighter Group.
"The new F-16V configuration includes numerous enhancements designed to keep the F-16 at the forefront of international security, strengthening its position as the world's foremost combat-proven 4th Generation fighter aircraft." McLean added.
The F-16V, an option for both new production F-16s and F-16 upgrades, is the next generation configuration that leverages a common sustainment infrastructure and provides significant capability improvements to the affordable multi-role fighter.
Northrop Grumman's APG-83 SABR AESA fire control radar provides 5th Generation air-to-air and air-to-ground radar capability. Northrop Grumman also provides AESA radars for the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II.
With more than 4,550 F-16s delivered to date, the F-16V is a natural step in the evolution of the world's most successful 4th Generation fighter.
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Lockheed Martin brought its F-16 cockpit demonstrator to Indonesia this week to highlight the F-16V, the latest version of the F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole fighter. The F-16V offers the most advanced 4th Generation capability available on the market today, including Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) and enhancements to the aircraft's mission computer, vehicle systems, aircraft structure, cockpit and electronic warfare system
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The F-16V fighter, the latest iteration of the venerable aircraft made by Lockheed Martin, has a launch customer besides two more with whom discussions are going ahead. Lockheed Martins Business Development Manager in charge of F-16 Marketing, Randall Howards told journalists that the F-16V, among whose frontline features is an Airborne Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, will significantly extend the performance of the fighter over existing F-16s
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