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Northrop Grumman to protect F-16 pilots from frequency-guided weapons

written by Adam Thorn | January 13, 2021

Northrop Grumman has signed an agreement with the US Air Force to complete the final project efforts to supply the electronic warfare suite for its F-16 fighter (Viper) aircraft fleet.

The project is designed to protect pilots from the threat of radio frequency-guided weapons by detecting, identifying and defeating advanced threat systems.

According to Northrop, the electronic warfare system provides full-spectrum radar warning, threat identification and advanced countermeasure capabilities, and has proven pulse-to-pulse operability with the F-16’s newly acquired AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR).

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The e-suite leverages an open-systems, ultra-wideband architecture, designed to provide greater instantaneous bandwidth needed to defeat modern threats.

“The electronic warfare suite will significantly increase protection to F-16 operators as they execute their missions in increasingly contested environments,” Ryan Tintner, Northrop Grumman’s vice president, navigation, targeting and survivability, said.

“This system draws on the best of our experience from multiple programs to create an effective and affordable solution to keep the Viper relevant throughout its service life.”

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