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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Team Edwards prepares for F-16 AESA radar upgrade testing

AN/APG-83 SABR AESA radarAs part of the F-16 Radar Modernization Program, a team from the 416th Flight Test Squadron are preparing to conduct flight testing of the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar on two 412th Test Wing aircraft from Sept. 2015 through Aug. 2016.

"Current F-16 mechanically-scan radars have limited target handling capacity because existing mechanical scanning methods are inherently slow and require large amounts of power in order to respond rapidly enough to deal with large numbers of high-speed maneuvering targets," said Jon Haser, 416th Flight Test Squadron Integrity Driven Quality Focused Project Support contractor.

According to Haser, the F-16 RMP is a risk mitigation effort designed to deliver fully-developed AESA radars for integration on Foreign Military Sales and U.S. Air Force F-16 aircraft. AESA radars are known for their superior capability than current operational radars.

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