Think Tank Analyst
- Aug 25, 2020
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The F-35 sensor suite includes the:
1)AN/APG-81 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar,
2)AN/ASQ-239 Electronic Warfare (EW)/Countermeasures (CM) system,
3)AN/AAQ-40 Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS),
4)AN/AAQ-37 Electro-Optical (EO) Distributed Aperture System (DAS), and
5)AN/ASQ-242 Communications, Navigation, and Identification (CNI) avionics suite.
The AN/APG-81 is designed to operate as a radar, electronics support measures (ESM) receiver, and jammer. It includes active and passive air-to-air (A/A) and air-to-surface (A/S) target detection, track, and identification capabilities. In addition, it allows many of these to be interleaved, providing both A/A and A/S functionality. The sensor also supports the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM®) and synthetic aperture radar mapping, ground and sea moving target detection and track, and A/S ranging. Radar functions include electronic protection for operation in jamming environments and low probability of intercept features to minimize the likelihood of emissions being usefully detected by airborne or surface-based receivers. Radar functions also support system health determination and calibration.
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