The U.S. Air Force has equipped Air National Guard F-16s withÂ Northrop Grumman-built radars in a move to address a homeland defense requirement.
Select F-16s atÂ Joint Base Andrews in Maryland feature theÂ AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar system that the service branch procured to meet a "joint emergent operational need" identified byÂ U.S. Northern Command, Northrop said Thursday.
The initialÂ installation is a step towardÂ achievingÂ initial operational capability statusÂ for theÂ SABRÂ program.Â Last month, theÂ company received a $1B modificationÂ under a U.S. Air Force contractÂ to build up toÂ 372 radars.
Mark Rossi, director ofÂ SABR programs at Northrop, said the active electronically scanned array technology providesÂ targeting and fire control capacities to theÂ ANG's F-16 aircraft.
APG-83, whichÂ is built upon F-22 and F-35 AESA radars,Â also employs synthetic aperture radar mapping for fighter pilots to obtain a larger view of surface when they perform target identification and strike missions.