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Northrop Grumman - New Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA)


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Northrop Grumman
: 21 February, 2008  (New Product)
Northrop Grumman Corporation unveiled a new company funded program to develop an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) at the Singapore Air Show.
The Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) will be a full performance fire control AESA derived from proven AESA technology for light tactical aircraft. SABR is being designed for retrofit to existing F-16 aircraft and can be scaled to fit other platforms and mission areas.

'SABR is the most recent development in a long line of Northrop Grumman AESA airborne fire control radars,' said Chris Sheppard, F-16 Sensor Systems Program Development manager. 'SABR will offer all the advantages of an active electronically scanned multi-function array, more than just a radar, but at a lower price than AESA fire control radars now available.'

'We look forward to supporting the F-16 aircraft worldwide for at least 30 more years, and SABR is our investment towards maintaining the F-16's combat capability. SABR leverages investment in technologies derived from AESAs produced for the U.S. Air Force and our international partners,' said Sheppard.

Northrop Grumman is designing SABR to accommodate F-16 electrical and physical interfaces without modification to the
aircraft. SABR will fit within currently defined power and cooling requirements and support the existing pilot-vehicle interface. Although currently being designed for F-16, the array is scalable and adaptable to other platforms and missions.

SABR will provide the increased multi-function performance inherent to AESA technology: improved situational awareness and detection, high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and interleaved air-to-air and air-to-ground modes provide pilots true all-weather, day or night precision strike capability. SABR demonstration flights are planned for later this year on Northrop Grummanís Sabreliner, which emulates the F-16 Avionics suite and has been used for previous F-16 radar testing.
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