Northrop Grumman [NOC] said yesterday it received an $87.8 million foreign military sales (FMS) contract to provide Thailand, Iraq and Oman with its APG-68(V)9 airborne fire control radar for use on F-16 aircraft.
Northrop Grumman will provide 43 total systems: six radar systems to the Royal Thai Air Force, 22 to the Iraqi air force and 15 radar systems to the Royal Air Force of Oman. Deliveries are expected to be complete by March 2015, the company said in a statement.
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. F-16s are developed by Lockheed Martin [LMT].
“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,” Tim Winter, Northrop Grumman vice president for global sensor solutions, said in a statement. “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.”
Northrop Grumman is also in the running with Raytheon [RTN] to put its new Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) Active Electronically-Scanned Array (AESA) radar on the U.S. Air Force’s F-16s.
Northrop Grumman has been developing, integrating and producing F-16 fire control radars for 36 years, including three variants of the APG-66, eight variants of the APG-68, the APG-80 AESA and the SABR. The company has also put fire control radars in Boeing’s [BA] B-1 and Lockheed Martin’s F-22 and F-35.