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Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected by the US Air Force (UAF) for a prototype project to demonstrate an internally-mounted electronic warfare (EW) suite and digital radar warning receiver (RWR) for the F-16 fighter aircraft, according to a company statement on 14 November. The agreement was issued under SOSSEC Consortium’s Air Force Open System Acquisition Initiative (OSAI) Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) for prototyping.

Providing advanced electronic warfare capabilities to the F-16 community is critically important to the future survivability of the platform, especially as the electromagnetic spectrum becomes increasingly contested,” said Brent Toland, Northrop Grumman Vice President, Land and Avionics C4ISR. “Our system builds on our long experience with the F-16 and other military aircraft to provide the warfighter with the ability to operate seamlessly against the threats that are continuing to grow in sophistication.”

The goal of the prototype project is to provide spherical radar warning, threat identification and countermeasure capabilities to protect aircrews from modern electromagnetic spectrum threats. Northrop Grumman’s prototype solution builds upon the company’s advanced EW system architecture that is in production for multiple programmes, offering protection from current and emerging threats and a growth path to even greater self-protection capabilities.

Northrop Grumman has teamed with non-traditional defence contractors for the execution of this OTA prototype project.

The prototype system will demonstrate an innovative approach to EW protection for the F-16. (Photo: UAF)

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