Northrop Grumman SABR provides high-definition synthetic aperture radar imagery to F-16 pilots
BALTIMORE, 17 April 2013. Northrop Grumman's (NYSE:NOC) Big SAR (synthetic aperture radar) mapping for the Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) delivers the largest, sharpest radar images ever available in an F-16, claims a company spokesperson.
"SABR's Big SAR is high-definition radar imagery that covers a large area on the ground in a single image," explains Joseph Ensor, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Targeting Systems Division. "This advance will give F-16 pilots the largest maps with the most detail that they have ever seen in the cockpit. Combined with SABR's automatic target cueing capability, the F-16 will have targeting capabilities unmatched by any other fourth-generation fighter."
SABR is an affordable, multifunction active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar designed specifically for F-16 retrofit. SABR provides longer detection and tracking ranges, high-resolution SAR maps for all-environment precision targeting, interleaved mode operations for greater situational awareness, and greater reliability.
The company's SABR has demonstrated several advanced radar capabilities for the F-16, including Big SAR maps with automatic target cueing. The SABR Big SAR offers an unprecedented level of situational awareness and target identification for F-16 pilots, the spokesperson adds.
Northrop Grumman also supplies the AESA fire control radars for the F-16 Block 60, F-22 and F-35 aircraft.
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