USAF F-16 Falcons To Get AESA Radar Upgrade

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USAF F-16 Falcons To Get AESA Radar Upgrade
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The US Air Force is working on the integration and testing of new radar for the F-16 Fighting Falcon as part of the F-16 Radar Modernization Program.

Northrop Grumman’s APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar, a fifth-generation Active Electronically Scanned Array fire control radar, 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, the air force press release stated Thursday.

The APG-83 is designed to be installed without making any major modifications to the jet. 

“The APG-83 will be a form, fit and function modification that will operate within existing space, power and cooling capabilities of the platform,” said Lt. Col. Chris Keithley, 416th FLTS commander.  

“With the modernization comes increased capabilities,” said Michael Powell, 416 FLTS, project lead. “It is a more modern and stable radar.” 

Powell added the F-16 RMP at the 416th FLTS is ongoing with several ground and flight tests performed with the APG-83 in the past two years. Data collected will be used by the Air Force to determine if the radar can be implemented operationally in the future. 

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