372 APG-83 AESAs for F-16s

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Unread post21 Dec 2019, 07:34

Northrop Grumman Gets Funding for Hundreds of F-16 Radars

Northrop Grumman will build hundreds of active electronically scanned array radars for the F-16 fighter jet under a Dec. 19 contract worth more than $1 billion.

The contract covers work on up to 372 radars through May 2027. It modifies an earlier award to finalize the funding.

AESA radars like Northrop’s APG-83 are used to find and identify targets.

“The greater bandwidth, speed, and agility of AESA radars enable fighter and legacy aircraft to detect, track, and identify a greater [number] of targets, faster and at longer ranges, and to operate in hostile electronic environments,” according to Northrop.

The radar is a “fifth-generation fighter radar capability for the fourth-gen aircraft,” the company said.

“Building on Northrop Grumman’s 40-year legacy producing radars for the F-16, [the APG-83] integrates within the F-16’s current structural, power and cooling constraints without … aircraft modification,” Northrop said.

https://www.airforcemag.com/northrop-gr ... 16-radars/

Hope this radar upgrade no longer limited to ANG Vipers. The Block 50/52 active service Vipers should get it too as they have the longest service life remaining.
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Unread post21 Dec 2019, 18:18

This 372 order is all for the USAF

viewtopic.php?p=426443#p426443

The ANG has got a separate order of 72 for its F-16

viewtopic.php?p=425644#p425644
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Unread post09 Jan 2020, 23:48

First Air National Guard F-16 receives AESA radar

https://www.flightglobal.com/fixed-wing ... 67.article
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Unread post09 Jan 2020, 23:53

sadly it will be cooling limited.
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Unread post09 Jan 2020, 23:59

Still, better than before, finer resolution and stealthier both in antenna position and radiating use even if not quite APG-80 level. Not bad for a fighter that started out as a cheap dogfighter with sidewinders ;).
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Unread post10 Jan 2020, 01:14

Won't they all pretty much end up in the ANG at the end of the day?
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Unread post22 Jan 2020, 11:36

marsavian wrote:Still, better than before, finer resolution and stealthier both in antenna position and radiating use even if not quite APG-80 level. Not bad for a fighter that started out as a cheap dogfighter with sidewinders ;).

It is pretty bad
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