Air Force asks Northrop Grumman to build 13 AN/APG-83 AESA radar systems and spares for F-16 jet fighter

Sept. 21, 2022
The Northrop Grumman APG-83 AESA scalable agile-beam radar (SABR) fire-control radar systems the F-16’s structural, power, and cooling constraints.

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio – U.S. Air Force aerial radar experts are ordering 13 modern active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar systems for the F-16 jet fighter under terms of a $25.4 million order announced Monday.

Officials of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Fighter Bomber Directorate, F-16 Division, at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, are asking the Northrop Grumman Corp. Mission Systems segment in Linthicum Heights, Md., to build 13 AN/APG-83 AESA radar systems and spare parts for the F-16.

The APG-83 AESA fire-control scalable agile-beam radar (SABR) integrates within the F-16’s structural, power, and cooling constraints without Group A aircraft modification, Northrop Grumman officials say. The company leverages technology developed for the APG-77 and APG-81 radar systems on the U.S. F-22 and F-35 combat aircraft.

In a 2013 competition, Lockheed Martin Corp., the F-16 manufacturer, selected the APG-83 as the AESA radar for the F-16 modernization and update programs of the U.S. and Taiwan air forces.

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The bandwidth, speed, and agility of AESA radar systems enable legacy fighter aircraft like the F-16 to detect, track, and identify many targets quickly and at long ranges, and to operate in hostile electronic warfare (EW) environments.

Northrop Grumman is building APG-83 radar systems for global F-16 upgrades and new aircraft production, as well as for the U.S. Air National Guard. Northrop Grumman also has installed a production APG-83 SABR on a U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet jet fighter-bomber, company officials say.

On this order Northrop Grumman will do the work in Linthicum Heights, Md., and should be finished by July 2025. For more information contact Northrop Grumman Mission Systems online at, or the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at

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