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AN/APG-76 Radar System

When developing its Phantom 2000 upgrade in the 1980s, Israel turned to Norden (now part of Northrop Grumman) for the aircraft's AN/APG-76 Multi-Mission Radar System. The original specification for this high-resolution radar was very demanding, and intended to give the modernised aircraft an ability to fly attack mission in all weathers, delivering smart weapons. The requirement proved over-ambitious, resulting in program delays. The specification was finally relaxed in some areas.

The Navy tested the concept of equipping an S-3 aircraft with a multi-mode synthetic aperture radar, designated AN/APG-76. The Navy has called this demonstration `Project Gray Wolf.' With such a system, S-3B aircraft could support fleet operations in littoral warfare missions by providing real time, stand-off surveillance, targeting, and strike support. The Navy achieved success in limited demonstrations of the system's capability in fleet exercises and in the `Roving Sands' experiment at White Sands Missile Range.



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