Raytheon AESA Suitable for International Hornet Upgrades

15.05.2015 North America
Raytheon AESA Suitable for International Hornet Upgrades

Raytheon AESA Suitable for International Hornet Upgrades

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A successful flight test of the Raytheon-built APG-79(V)X AESA radar system has demonstrated the functions needed to extend the combat relevance of F/A-18C/D Hornet aircraft for 15 to 20 years.

Hornet fleets upgrading to the new APG-79V(X) radar will receive Super Hornet-like capabilities, including:

  • Extended detection ranges
  • Simultaneous air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities
  • Production of high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) mapping
  • Industry leading reliability

“We put our latest AESA radar to the test, and it exceeded our expectations. Our APG-79(V)X combines the best features of our AESA portfolio to maintain tactical advantage for F/A-18C/D aircraft,” said Mike “Ponch” Garcia, Business Development Director of Tactical Airborne Systems for Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems business, and a former F/A-18E/F Super Hornet pilot/instructor.

Since fielding the world's first operational AESA radar for airborne platforms in 2000, Raytheon has delivered more than 500 tactical AESA radars for F-15, F/A-18E/F, EA-18G and B-2 aircraft. The APG-79 system, a U.S. Navy program of record, flies globally on F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers, and has seen service in four combat theaters since its first delivery in 2006. 

“Our experience with AESA radar systems ensures a low-risk transition to the APG-79V(X). Installations require less than 60 minutes. In these uncertain economic times, when defense budgets are particularly tight, Raytheon's APG-79V(X) radar offers a proven, cost-effective solution for Hornet life extension, as well as significant opportunities for in-country manufacturing partnerships,” said Roy Azevedo, Vice President for Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems business.  

With 2014 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, Raytheon Company is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world.

With a history of innovation spanning 93 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services.

 
 



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