Air Power Australia
This is an important development since it signals the transition of production F-22A aircraft to the new APG-77(V)1 radar which uses low cost modules, and is designed with additional optimisations for strike roles, providing for hi res SAR groundmapping and DPCA GMTI acquisition and tracking of moving ground vehicles and warships, as well as electronic attack. The radar rolls in development work done on the F-16/B60 APG-80 and JSF APG-81 radars, refer
While Defence have repeatedly made derogatory claims about the F-22's strike capability, the aircraft is being fitted with a state of the art strike capable radar, also the most powerful in the market. This has been public knowledge since May, 2005.
Dr Carlo Kopp, MIEEE, SMAIAA, PEng
Defence Analyst and Consulting Engineer
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