Turkey is developing its own AESA radar for its F-16 C/D fighters

ANKARA, ($1 = 14.19 Turkish liras) – The active electronically scanned array of the F-16 [AESA] The prototype radar, developed by Aselsan with national resources, is expected to be delivered by the end of this year. The AESA radar will be integrated into the F-16 Block 30 fighter jet, BulgarianMilitary.com learned, citing Turkish source SavunmaSanayiST.com. Turkey currently has 245 F-16C/D fighter units in service.

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The development of AESA’s radar for the AKINCI drone and the 4th generation F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter has been underway for some time in Aselsan’s engineering departments. According to information provided by the Turkish online defense portal SavunmaSanayiST.com, the national EASA F-16 radar will be delivered by the end of this year. Currently, the Turkish F-16 Block 30 is undergoing structural modernization by TAI.

Thus, the flight life of the F-16 Block 30 increases from 8,000 hours to 12,000 hours. With Turkey’s current Ozgur project, F-16 Block 30s will undergo avionics upgrades. It should be noted that the AESA radar is also included in the Ozgur project.

What do we know about the Turkish AESA radar?

According to available information, the functions and capabilities of the national AESA radar for F-16, which Ankara finances and develops, will significantly improve the functionality of Turkish combat aircraft. The new radar will be able to search over long distances [not specified]will be able to track the intercepted target, as well as multiple targets [not reported how many]. The radar will display weather conditions, detect a target and assist the pilot during aerial combat.

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The Turkish AESA F-16 radar will measure the distance between the ground and the manned fighter jet or target, possibly aiding Turkey’s ground forces or air defenses. It will detect and track moving ground targets, determine altitude, have a built-in SAR band, navigation system, land map and can search the sea.

According to sources, the radar will be able to participate in both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, which will make it multifunctional. Aselsan says it will integrate local target recognition software.

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Again, according to information from Turkish sources, Aselsan is currently developing radars with AESA technology for the AKINCI UAV striker, F-16 Fighting Falcon and domestic fighter jets. [MMU]. The AKINCI radar schedule has been slightly delayed due to the embargo.

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Turkey says radar for fighter jets will be delivered by the end of 2022 and for other Turkish Air Force aircraft by the end of 2026.

Developed for MMU, the AESA radar will be located in a highly developed structure called the National Integrated Radio Frequency System for Combat Aircraft [BURFIS in Turkish].


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