About the Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) for the F-16
SABR optimizes radar system performance within existing power and cooling allocations of legacy F-16s worldwide and will make these F-16 fleets relevant for decades to come. SABR began flying in 2008 and continues to build an unmatched record of successful "firsts" with flight demonstrations now including proven performance in advanced combat-relevant tests. As the only fire control radar supplier with nearly four decades of F-16 radar integration experience, we are the sole provider of the low-risk option for an F-16 AESA radar program.
Affordability is in SABR's DNA
Northrop Grumman has industry-leading AESA fire control radar design, development and integration experience, and has produced thousands of airborne fire control radars for the U.S. Air Force and numerous international customers. As a world leader and sole provider of AESA radars for 5th Generation Fighters, Northrop Grumman continues to provide affordable AESA fire control solutions as well as award-winning cost efficiencies across F-16, F-22 and F-35 platforms.
Since SABR's initial unveiling, Northrop Grumman has continued efforts to reduce cost, prove performance and reduce risk. Our SABR system has accumulated thousands of operating hours in the lab and in the air — all without failure — demonstrating superior operational performance and reliability.
5th Generation fighter capability
One way Northrop Grumman provides such affordable AESA fire control radar solutions is through the porting of software that has already established proven performance in the most challenging of combat scenarios. Using this ported software, SABR flew side-by-side with the APG-81 in matching Northrop Grumman flight test aircraft and produced exceptional results, further documenting its proven performance.
For those seeking an affordable F-16 AESA solution for extending F-16 fleets and ensuring they remain relevant, lethal and survivable, there is no substitute for SABR’s proven results. Northrop Grumman is the only AESA provider that can offer this affordability, low risk and proven performance for results you can trust.
Anything else is an unnecessary compromise.