Northrop Grumman has delivered its 500th AN/APG-81 fire control radar for the F-35 LIGHTNING II, the company announced on 7 November.
The AN/APG-81 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar is the cornerstone of the F-35’s advanced sensor suite, providing superior battlespace situational awareness that translates into platform lethality, effectiveness and survivability.
“As a principal member of the Lockheed Martin-led F-35 industry team, our continued investment in facilities and equipment, production enhancements in process and design and expanded supply chain capability through second sourcing helped reach this milestone,” said Chris Fitzpatrick, Director, F-35 Programs at Northrop Grumman. “The 500th delivery of this top-of-the-line fighter radar was made possible by our continuous focus on quality and excellence across our company.”
The APG-81 has long-range active and passive air-to-air and air-to-ground modes that support a wide range of demanding missions. These modes are complemented by an array of stealth features as well as electronic warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance functions.
Northrop Grumman plays a key role in the development, modernisation, sustainment and production of the F-35. In addition to producing the AN/APG-81 radar, the company manufactures the centre fuselage and wing skins for the aircraft, produces and maintains several sensor systems, avionics, mission systems and mission-planning software, pilot and maintainer training systems courseware, electronic warfare simulation test capability, and low-observable technologies.