372 APG-83 AESAs for F-16s

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Unread post24 Jun 2022, 13:19

Which active-duty squadrons are slated for the new radar?
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Unread post24 Jun 2022, 13:41

Hi! Technically, they're all getting upgraded. Emphasis has been on ANG because they had the $$$ for upgrades. Block 40/50 will get the bulk of the love in addition to AGCAS and MIDS-JTRS. No idea about Eielson and Homestead. Those planes are butt old without hope. APG-68 is a low MTBF money sucker that USAF will happily see go. APG-68(V9) makes FMS cry. You'll see a big push for AESA there soon.

Funny, the article posted earlier noted 72 sets were installed on jets at nine ANG bases. Easy math says that's eight per base. What about the rest?
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Unread post16 Jul 2022, 01:55

Not sure how accurate this is but this is amazing if true:
All told, Rossi said that it only takes a day and a half to swap in a new AN/APG-83 on an F-16.

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/new-radars-are-giving-old-air-force-f-16s-capabilities-like-never-before
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Unread post16 Jul 2022, 15:23

Yay! Good for NG. Hopefully they've planned a good software pipeline for updates.

The company also pitched an entirely new cockpit configuration with a single large digital multi-function display as one feature of a proposed advanced Viper for India, dubbed the F-21, back in 2019.


Elbit display looks pretty sweet. Raytheon CDU is a disaster. No spares and no support. Like putting a square peg in a butt hole.
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Unread post22 Jul 2022, 23:05

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Maryland, has been awarded a $88,241,950 firm-fixed-price modification (P00067) to contract FA8615-17-C-6047 for Air Force F-16 aircraft Active Electronically Scanned Array radars. This modification is for the exercise of options to include 31 production radars, as well as associated spares. Work will be performed in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, and is expected to be completed July 31, 2025. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $1,217,979,978. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $2,034,480; fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $2,034,480; and fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $84,172,990.00 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8615-17-C-6047 P00067).
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Unread post23 Jul 2022, 16:24

Well, they're on their way to converting all USAF to AESA. No word on converting FMS but the countries with the deepest pockets will dive in first (Taiwan is done. Who wants to buy a used APG-66 set?).

There's been no word on supporting the new system. Software will probably be NG/LM and parts will come from strictly from NG. Not even depot looks like it'll get a sniff. Welcome to "One Level" maintenance! Let's see how that goes...
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