Northrop Targets F-16 AESA, Eyes F-15 And F-18
By Graham Warwick
Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report
Lockheed will be prime integrator for the upgrade, but the USAF will conduct a separate competition for the AESA, says Joe Ensor, vice president and general manager of Northrop’s intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting systems division.
Although the incumbent radar supplier on the F-16 , Northrop and its SABR will face competition from the Raytheon Advanced Capability Radar (RACR). “It will be a government source selection. We are awaiting a draft request for proposals,” says Ensor.
Beyond the F-16 market , the U.S. Navy has around 100 Block I F/A-18E/F Super Hornets that are candidates for a radar upgrade . Earlier F/A-18s operated domestically and internationally are also possibilities for AESA retrofits.
The Air Force is upgrading its F-15Es and some F-15Cs with Raytheon AESAs, but some older aircraft and F-15s operated by international customers remain candidates for radar retrofits.