Northrop Grumman to Supply Airborne Fire Control Radars to Thailand, Iraq and Oman for F‑16s

BALTIMORE – Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion (NYSE:NOC) has received an $87.8 mil­lion for­eign mil­i­tary sales (FMS) con­tract to pro­vide the APG-68(V)9 air­borne fire con­trol radar to Thai­land, Iraq and Oman for use on F‑16 fight­er air­craft.

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The com­pa­ny will deliv­er six radar sys­tems to the Roy­al Thai Air Force, 22 radar sys­tems to the Iraqi Air Force and 15 radar sys­tems to the Roy­al Air Force of Oman, for a total of 43 sys­tems. Deliv­er­ies are expect­ed to be com­plet­ed by March 2015. The FMS con­tract is man­aged by the Aero­nau­ti­cal Sys­tems Cen­ter, Wright-Pat­ter­son Air Force Base, Ohio.

“Selec­tion of the APG-68(V)9 Fire Con­trol Radar by Thai­land, Oman and Iraq reaf­firms its val­ue and base­line posi­tion for all new F‑16 pro­duc­tion and F‑16 avion­ics upgrades,” said Tim Win­ter, Northrop Grumman’s vice pres­i­dent for Glob­al Sys­tems Solu­tions. “The APG-68(V)9 radar’s oper­a­tional per­for­mance, afford­able acqui­si­tion cost, low sus­tain­ment cost and imme­di­ate avail­abil­i­ty has led 12 nations to pro­cure almost 750 sys­tems so far.”

The APG-68(V)9 enables engage­ment of air-to-air and air-to-sur­face threats with greater accu­ra­cy and at greater ranges than lega­cy F‑16 fire con­trol radars. The radar pro­vides autonomous, all-envi­ron­ment, pre­ci­sion air-to-sur­face tar­get­ing with a high-res­o­lu­tion syn­thet­ic aper­ture radar ground map­ping mode.

Northrop Grum­man has been devel­op­ing, inte­grat­ing and pro­duc­ing F‑16 fire con­trol radars for 36 years. This includes three vari­ants of the APG-66; eight vari­ants of the APG-68; the APG-80 Air­borne Elec­tron­i­cal­ly Scanned Array (AESA), devel­oped specif­i­cal­ly for the F‑16 Block 60; and the new­ly intro­duced Scal­able Agile Beam Radar (SABR) AESA. The company’s long her­itage in fire con­trol radars also includes fire con­trol radars for the B‑1, F‑22 and the F‑35 Joint Strike Fight­er.

The con­tract is in line with U.S. defense pol­i­cy of enabling the Iraqi Air Force to assume sov­er­eign air defense duties, and also sup­ports for­eign rela­tions with part­ners Thai­land and Oman.

Northrop Grum­man is a lead­ing glob­al secu­ri­ty com­pa­ny pro­vid­ing inno­v­a­tive sys­tems, prod­ucts and solu­tions in aero­space, elec­tron­ics, infor­ma­tion sys­tems, and tech­ni­cal ser­vices to gov­ern­ment and com­mer­cial cus­tomers world­wide. Please vis­it www.northropgrumman.com for more infor­ma­tion.

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