Northrop Grumman announced Today that it has received its first order for its APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) from Lockheed Martin for Taiwan’s F-16 Fighters.
The order comes within four months of design reviews of the system and consists of 142 SABR units.
"The maturity of SABR's design, coupled with our very experienced radar team, enabled us to bring all design reviews to a successful completion less than one year after contract award," said Jeff Leavitt, vice president, combat avionics systems business unit, Northrop Grumman.
"The experience we have gained providing the radar for every F-16 in service, as well as for the F-22 and F-35, was invaluable in getting us to this point and will continue to guide us as we move toward production," Jeff added.
SABR is multifunction, active electronically scanned array (AESA) fire control radar that brings fifth-generation air-to-air and air-to-ground radar capability to the F-16. It will give the F-16 pilots unprecedented situational awareness, targeting and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.
AESA fire control radars developed by the company are currently flying on the F-16 Block 60, F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II aircraft.
Lockheed Martin won $308.3 million worth modification contract from U.S. Air Force to provide the Taiwan government with 144 Active Electronically Scanned Array radars on December 18 2014.