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.