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Northrop Grumman - Successful Demonstration of New Synthetic Aperture Radar Capability for F-22 Fighter


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Northrop Grumman
: 17 February, 2008  (New Product)
Northrop Grumman Corporation has successfully demonstrated the capability to generate high-resolution, in-flight synthetic aperture radar (SAR) maps using the AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar being produced for the U.S. Air Force's F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft.
'The flight tests, on board a company BAC 1-11 test bed aircraft, have proved that the F-22 fighter's mission capabilities have expanded to include directly identifying and targeting enemy ground defenses and mobile forces,' said Teri Marconi, vice president of Combat Avionics Systems at Northrop Grumman. 'This is a hugely significant event for the F-22 program because it ensures that Raptor pilots will have access to critical detailed information about both air and ground threats before the enemy's radar ever detects the F-22.'

The test flights are the first phase of a planned multi-year contract with The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) to incorporate SAR capability into the existing fleet of F-22s and new production aircraft in support of future air-to-ground requirements.

Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector leads a joint venture with the Raytheon Company to design, develop and produce the F-22 radar system. Northrop Grumman is responsible for the overall design of the AN/APG-77 and AN/APG-77(V)1 AESA radars -- the latter of which features the new air-to-ground capabilities, including SAR. The company is also responsible for the control and signal processing software and radar system integration and test activities.
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