June 13, 1999 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Northrop Grumman Corporation's Electronic Sensors and Systems Sector(ES3) has been awarded three separate contracts valued at a total of $25. 1million to provide APG-66(V)2 Mid-Life Update (MLU) radar kits and assorted spares for the F-16A/B aircraft. Collectively, these contracts will provide 45 radar kits to the Belgian Air Force, 25 kits to the Portuguese Air Force, and two kits to the U.S. Air Force. Work on the contracts is expected to be completed by early 2002. According to Northrop Grumman, the combat-proven APG-66(V)2 provides for increased airborne detection ranges, enhanced ground map resolution capabilities, and much higher reliability. Each Mid-Life Update radar kit features upgraded computers and a reduced number of LRUs (line replaceable units), which greatly simplifies integration into the aircraft. Over 300 APG-66(V)2 radar kits have already been delivered to the air forces of Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway.