Electronic warfare suite to equip global F-16 fleetNews
June 15, 2021
FALLS CHURCH, Va. Northrop Grumman announced the integration of its electronic warfare (EW) suite for the global F-16 fleet. Known as the ALQ-131C, the company claims that this fully modernized, digital system is ready to defend against current and future threats.
According to the company, the pod is designed to give the fourth-generation fleet the EW capabilities and performance of fifth generation aircraft. With the integration of the APG-83 AESA radar, the company hopes to equip the F-16 with new radio frequency sensing and targeting capabilities.
The company also claims that commonality with the U.S. F-16 program of record provides a path to long-term access to upgrades and affordable sustainment, intended to allow operators to keep up with the state of the art.
The ALQ-131C is designed to detect and identify known, emerging, and future threats in complex threat environments. The ALQ-131C’s high sensitivity digital receiver, high speed processors, and Digital Radio Frequency Memory are deisnged to enable high fidelity digital signal generation.