Northrop Grumman has check-fitted its AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) on a US Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet at MCAS Miramar, California.
The fit check, performed on August 2 at the request of the Marine Corps, was intended to demonstrate SABR as a low-risk option for installation on USMC F/A-18C/D Hornets and that the it can be integrated with the aircraft’s power, cooling and avionics systems.
‘The Marine Corps asked for an Active Electronically Scanned Array [AESA] solution due to the radar’s increase in reliability and sustainability with no decrease in operational performance,’ said Greg Simer, vice president, integrated avionics systems, Northrop Grumman. ‘The Marine Corps’ stated objective is to modify an in-production, fielded AESA while meeting the current size, weight, power and cooling requirements of the F/A-18 C/D. We have proven our production APG-83 SABR radar fits into the F/A-18 C/D, achieving the objectives and bringing the technical maturity needed to attain the Marine Corps fleet insertion timelines.’
Northrop Grumman is competing to replace the mechanically-scanned radar on F/A-18C/Ds with an AESA radar and the Marine Corps plans to upgrade the radar on approximately 100 F/A-18C/Ds
SABR Has already been selected by the US Air Force for its F-16 AESA radar upgrade and a version is also likely to be fitted to the B-1B Lancer.