Recently, Boeing made a move to convince the U.S. Navy to allow the aging F-18 Super Hornets to fly for years to come. They did it by upgrading the jet’s weapons and avionics systems, as well as improving its fuel consumption and making it more stealthy.
Now it’s the F-16’s turn, and Northrop Grumman has a plan to keep the F-16 “fighting” for years to come.
Northrop Grumman’s AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) upgrade for Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Fighting Falcon promises to keep the venerable fighter viable as a warplane for years to come.
The new active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar fighter aircraft was recently selected by the U.S. Air Force to upgrade an initial batch of its F-16s.
The Pentagon order opens the door to further domestic and international orders for SABR.
The complicating factors for Northrop are that there are rival F-16 upgrade products on the market including Raytheon’s AN/APG-84 Raytheon Advanced Combat Radar (RACR), as well as the limited budgets available to governments around the world. However, the clear winner is the “Ferrari” of military combat aircrafts, the beloved F-16 Fighting Falcon.