Northrop Grumman will be developing the Advanced Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar AN/APG-85 for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. The AN/APG-81 active electronically scanned array (AESA) fire control radar, which serves as the backbone of the sensor suite for the F-35 Lightning II, 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.
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.
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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