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Iraq, Oman to buy F-16 radar systems
Washington, June 21, 2012
Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a foreign military sales (FMS) contract to provide the APG-68(V)9 airborne fire control radar to Iraq and Oman for use on F-16 fighter aircraft.
The company will deliver 22 radar systems to the Iraqi air force and 15 systems to the Royal Air Force of Oman, a statement said.
Deliveries are expected to be completed by March 2015. The FMS contract is managed by the Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
'Selection of the APG-68(V)9 Fire Control Radar by Oman and Iraq reaffirms its value and baseline position for all new F-16 production and F-16 avionics upgrades,' said Tim Winter, Northrop Grumman's vice president for Global Systems Solutions.
'The APG-68(V)9 radar's operational performance, affordable acquisition cost, low sustainment cost and immediate availability has led 12 nations to procure almost 750 systems so far.'
The APG-68(V)9 enables engagement of air-to-air and air-to-surface threats with greater accuracy and at greater ranges than legacy F-16 fire control radars. The radar provides autonomous, all-environment, precision air-to-surface targeting with a high-resolution synthetic aperture radar ground mapping mode.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. - TradeArabia News Service