SABR-Toothed Viper

Northrop Grumman began flight testing of its new APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) on the latest F-16V Viper variant this week at Edwards AFB, Calif., the company announced. “The beginning of flight testing is a major milestone for SABR that will lead to game-changing mission advantages for the warfighter,” company airborne C4ISR vice president Mike Hinkey said in a release. The SABR Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar is a key component of the F-16V configuration, which is available as upgrade to existing F-16s or for new-build aircraft. The APG-83 “provides fifth generation fighter radar capabilities to the F-16” at an affordable price, said Hinkey, and has already been selected by Taiwan as part of its ongoing F-16 upgrade. A pair of legacy F-16s have already been retrofit with the APG-83 at Edwards to support testing for Taiwan. The company has delivered 14 APG-83s to Lockheed Martin since last December and plans to deliver the first of 144 units for international customers this year.