The AN/APG-80 is an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) system designed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman for use on the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft. It was originally designed to be included on the F-16C/D Block 60 Desert Falcon aircraft ordered by the United Arab Emirates, and was subsequently also included on the F-16E/F Block 60 Desert Falcons; first deliveries were made in 2003.
The AN/APG-80 system is described as "agile beam", and can perform air-to-air, search-and-track, air-to-ground targeting and aircraft terrain-following functions simultaneously and for multiple targets. As an AESA system utilizing NG's fourth-generation transmitter/receiver technologies, it has a higher reliability and twice the range of older, mechanically-scanned AN/APG-68 radar systems.
The United Arab Emirates funded the entire $3 billion Block 60 development costs, including the AN/APG-80, which is the operational core of the aircraft. According to press reports quoted by Flight International, this is "the first time the US has sold a better aircraft overseas than its own forces fly". Developmental flight tests were performed on NG's highly modified BAC 1-11 testbed aircraft, based at Baltimore.
- "AN/APG-80 description page" Northrop Grumman
- Vanhastel, Stefaan (August 27, 2003)"Northrop Grumman delivers first AN/APG-80 radar for F-16 Block 60" f-16.net
- "Dubai 2007: UAE shows off its most advanced Falcons " Flightglobal.com, November 11, 2007
- "Active Electronically Steered Arrays" from Air Power Australia (AESA background information)
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