first published on August 28, 2018 by Will
Lockheed Martin’s new “Block 70” F-16s are being outfitted with Northrop Grumman’s AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) upgrade that can track more than 20 targets at a time with a range of more than 160 nautical miles against ground targets.
Beyond the new radar, the Block 70 F-16 jets are also upgraded with an advanced helmet system, improved fuel tanks, and significantly more powerful engine. Yet, some of the F-16 greatest strengths are due the refined upgrades it received throughout its lengthy service life. Over the past three decades, Lockheed Martin has developed the F-16’s capabilities to equip and store more than 180 weapons types and configurations.
Lockheed Martin will start the project by producing 16 advanced F-16 Block 70 Fighting Falcons for Bahrain after winning a $1.12 billion contract from the U.S. government. However, around 3,000 F-16s are still in service by 25 militaries across the globe, and following the Bahrain contract, Lockheed Martin will continue to modernize the world’s Vipers with Fifth Generation technology, ensuring American jobs and extending the life and relevance of the F-16 for decades to come.
The following video shows the time a NATO F-16 intercepted Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu’s plane on June 21, 2017 over the Baltic Sea.