Lockheed-Northrop JV Completes Follow-On Test, Evaluation of Army Apache Radar Tech

A joint venture between Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin has concluded a second test and evaluation of a fire control radar designed for AH-64E Apache attack helicopters.

LONGBOW LLC demonstrated the AN/APG-78 FCR technology with single target tracking, maritime mode and 360-degree surveillance features during the Follow-On T&E II activity, Northrop said Tuesday.

The updated radar also doubled its range in the detection of adversarial UAS targets and detected multiple  ground and maritime targets.

Susan Bruce, vice president of LONGBOW and Northrop's grumman mission systems business, said an open systems architecture allows the radar to function without the need for hardware changes.

“LONGBOW’s Version 6 software helps increase survivability to the AH-64E aircrews, reduces workload and enhances stand-off range,” stated Jim Messina, LONGBOW president and program director at Lockheed Martin.

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