APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) AESA for the F-16

Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR)/ F-16 Radar

About SABR

5th Generation Fighter Radar Capability for the F-16

The APG-83 is an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) fire control radar. Building on Northrop Grumman’s 40-year legacy producing radars for the F-16, it integrates within the aircraft's current structural, power and cooling constraints without Group A aircraft modification. The capabilities of this advanced AESA are derived from Northrop Grumman’s family of highly successful 5th generation fighter AESA radars, the F-22’s APG-77 and F-35’s APG-81.


Why Upgrade Now?

Today's battlespace becomes more challenging and dangerous every day.  Technology is rapidly becoming more sophisticated and so is the threat.  To counter these more sophisticated threats, the world's newest fighter aircraft are being equipped with AESA Radars.  The greater bandwidth, speed, and agility of AESA radars enables fighter aircraft to detect, track, and identify a greater numbers of targets, faster and at longer ranges and to operate in hostile electronic environments.  The APG-83 AESA provides the following capability enhancements over legacy mechanically scanned APG-66 & APG-68 radars to ensure F-16s remain operationally viable and sustainable for decades to come:

  • Autonomous, all-environment stand-off precision targeting
    • BIG SAR wide area high-res maps
    • High quality, coordinate generation
  • Greater target detection and tracking range
    • Faster search and target acquisition
    • Smaller target detection
    • Multi-target tracking
    • Robust electronic protection (A/A and A/G)
  • SABR 5th Gen Capability
  • Enhanced combat ID
  • Interleaved mode operations for greater situational awareness
  • Maritime modes
  • 3-5X greater reliability and availability


The APG-83 is available today!

Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) is complete and production is underway for global F-16 upgrade programs.