Northrop Grumman Outlines Radar Plans for HAF
Northrop Grumman could provide over 120 AN/APG-83 Radars for Greek F-15s
Northrop Grumman has told MONS that it could deliver up to 123 of the firm’s AN/APG-83 X-band (8.5 gigahertz/GHz to 10.68GHz) Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) products to equip the Hellenic Air Force’s (HAF) General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon combat aircraft.
The firm continued that the US State Department has approved a Foreign Military Sale which could provide subsystems for up to 123 of the aircraft. This will convert these aircraft to the F-16V configuration which includes the AN/APG-83 as standard equipment. This deal remains subject to US Congressional Approval. Northrop Grumman added that it would act as a subcontractor to Lockheed Martin who will be the overall prime contractor for the HAF upgrade.
The potential supply of these radars follows similar acquisitions from the United States Air Force’ (USAF) Air National Guard (ANG) with the potential upgrade of 72 of the ANG’s F-16C/D aircraft, and the upgrade of Bahrain’s existing F-16C to the F-16V status, plus the procurement by that country of 22 new F-16V examples. The AN/APG-83 will also be included as part of the modernisation of the 142 F-16A/B aircraft flown by the Republic of China Air Force to F-16V status. A variant of the radar, known as the AN/APG-83 SABR-GS is also equipping the Rockwell International/Boeing B-1B strategic bombers of the USAF.