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Dragon’s Eye Pod Makes First Flight on Operational F-16

Northrop Grumman Corporation's AN/ASQ-236 Dragon’s Eye AESA radar pod has made its first flight on an operational Air National Guard F-16. Our Bureau - : Nov 19, 2021 - : 1:41 pm

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s AN/ASQ-236 Dragon’s Eye Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar pod has made its first flight on an operational Air National Guard F-16.

The USAF intends to deploy the pod operationally to both its Guard and Reserve F-16 fleets.

“The addition of the Dragon’s Eye to the F-16 Viper is a force multiplier, enabling warfighters to detect, track, identify and target faster in theater,” said Susan Bruce, vice president, advanced mission capabilities, Northrop Grumman. “This pod is rapidly adaptable to new platforms and it features advanced radar modes that can be shared across our fifth-generation radar portfolio.”

The AN/ASQ-236 Dragon’s Eye radar pod provides:High-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) maps for surveillance and target detection; All-weather precision geo-location against fixed, moving and maritime targets; Three position, large field of regard complements nose radar fixed field of regard; Bomb impact assessment analysis and Advanced radar modes developed and shared across Northrop Grumman’s enterprise of 5th Gen fighter radars

The AN/ASQ-236 Dragon’s Eye pod is already operational on the U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle. It can be integrated on both large and fighter-sized platforms.

Northrop Grumman has previously integrated the AN/ASQ-236 pod on an Air Force Special Operations Command AC-130 gunship and Air Force Global Strike Command B-52 bomber during a proof of concept demonstration.

The AN/ASQ-236 Dragon’s Eye radar pod is a tactical Ku-band AESA radar surveillance pod that provides aircrew with all-weather, multi-target detection, track and engagement capability.

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