F-16V First Flight

Posted 21 October 2015
Photo by Randy Crites
The maiden flight of the F-16V, the latest version of the F-16 was completed on 16 October 2015. The flight marked the first time an F-16 has flown with Northrop Grumman’s advanced APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array Scalable Agile Beam Radar. The F-16V also includes a new cockpit center pedestal display, a modernized mission computer, a high-capacity Ethernet data bus, and several other missions systems enhancements. The F-16V is an option for both new production F-16s and F-16 upgrades. Northrop Grumman’s APG-83 SABR AESA fire control radar provides 5th Generation air-to-air and air-to-ground radar capability. Northrop Grumman also provides AESA radars for the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II.
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