21 August 2014
The newest configuration of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the F-16V, has reached a major capability milestone with the integration of a new active electronically scanned array radar.
The completion of this AESA radar Critical Design Review ensures Northrop Grumman´s Scalable Agile Beam Radar design meets all specified US Air Force and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) requirements. Lockheed Martin will continue with follow-on activities such as development integration and ground and flight test for Taiwan´s fleet of 144 Block 20 F-16A/B fighter jets. With the upgrade to the new SABR and enhancements to the mission computer, vehicle systems, aircraft structure, cockpit and electronic warfare system, Taiwan moves forward as the launch customer for the new F-16V configuration.
More than 4,550 F-16 aircraft have been delivered to date, and production is expected to continue through 2017, with major upgrades being incorporated for all F-16 versions.
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