Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: AN/APG-164
Origin: United States of America
Parent System: AN/APQ-164
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1985
Total Production: ?
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Description: The AN/APQ-164, originally known as the AN/APG-164, is a fire control radar derived from the AN/APG-66 radar provided to the F-16 aircraft. The APQ-164 synthetic aperture radar was developed to serve as the core of the offensive system on the B-1B Lancer strategic bomber providing navigation, targeting and terrain following at low altitude. The radar system includes a low observable phased array antenna enhancing B-1B's survivability and low probability of interception.
In April 2006 the Boeing Company received a $180 million contract to upgrade the APQ-164 radar system on the US Air Force fleet of 67 B-1B long-range bomber aircraft. This upgrade focused on replacement of the radar's transmitter/receiver and the processor under the Reliability and Maintainability Improvement Program (RMIP). The APQ-164 radar upgrade is expected to begin in 2011 and complete by 2014 with Northrop Grumman supplying the RMIP kits and a new software package.
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