Installation of new scalable agile beam radars to the jets will take place at Northrop’s electronic systems plant in Linthicum, Md., Northrop said Wednesday.
The multipurpose Active Electronically Scanned Array SABR was designed to serve as a low-risk and affordable retrofit for weapons control mechanisms of various war planes.
It is intended to improve the operational viability, reliability and lifespan of the F-16 by more than a decade, according to Joseph Ensor, Northrop’s ISR and targeting systems division vice president and general manager.
Roderick McLean, Lockheed’s F-16/F-22 integrated fight group vice president and general manager, said the modernization initiative was meant to further enhance the F-16 and develop its more recent version, the F-16V.
Other Northrop-made AESA radars are currently used in other aircraft such as the F-22 and F-35 Lightning II.