Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Maryland, has been awarded a $1,008,327,355 definitized modification (PZ0012) to previously awarded contract FA8615-17-C-6047 for Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars of Air Force F-16 aircraft. This modification is for the definitization of all three programmatic phases to include development and production of up to 372 radars.
Work will be performed at Linthicum Heights, Maryland, and is expected to be completed by May 2027. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $291,167,746. Fiscal 2019 research and development funds in the amount of $679,659 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Fighter Bomber Directorate, F-16 Division, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
The AN/APG-80 F-16 AESA Radar is designed to search continuously for and track multiple targets within the forward hemisphere of the aircraft. As a result of increased operational flexibility, pilots will be able to simultaneously perform air-to-air search-and-track, air-to-ground targeting and aircraft terrain-following. Additional advances of the agile beam radar include much greater detection range, high-resolution synthetic aperture radar imagery, and a two-fold increase in reliability compared to conventional, mechanically scanned radars.