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Northrop Grumman Developing the Next Generation Radar for the F-35 Lightning II

Northrop Grumman Developing the Next Generation Radar for the F-35 Lightning II

An advanced Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar called the AN/APG-85 is being created by Northrop Grumman Corporation for the F-35 Lightning II. The cornerstone of the sensor suite for the F-35 Lightning II is the AN/APG-81 active electronically scanned array (AESA) fire control radar, which is currently produced by Northrop Grumman.

The AN/APG-85 is an advanced multifunction sensor that will be compatible with all variants of the F-35 aircraft and will be capable of defeating current and projected adversarial air and surface threats.

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The development and integration of APG-85 will incorporate some of the latest technologies available and help ensure air superiority. This advanced sensor will provide unparalleled battlespace situational awareness that translates into platform lethality, effectiveness and survivability.

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Northrop Grumman plays a key role in the development, modernization, sustainment and production of the F-35. In addition to producing the AN/APG-85 and AN/APG-81 radars, the company manufactures the center 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.

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To learn more about Northrop Grumman’s role on the F-35 Lightning II, visit this website.

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