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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2007
Total Production: 502
Unitary Cost: USD$2.8 million
Also Known As: APG-79
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Raytheon
Parent System: AN/APG-79
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2007
Total Production: 502
Total Cost: USD$2.2 billion
Family Members: AN/APG-79(V)4
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Description: The AN/APG-79 is an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) developed by the Raytheon company for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft. The APG-79 provides superior air-to-air and air-to-surface capability while increasing the aircraft's situational awareness. In the air-to-air role the APG-79 provides longer range engagements and reduced pilot workload. In air-to-surface missions the APG-79 will provide enhanced precision attack through high resolution ground mapping at long standoff ranges. The new AESA radar system will contribute to the US Navy Network Centric Warfare vision providing the target information which will be distributed to multiple users that, eventually, may engage the target. Operational evaluation was scheduled by September 2006. The first US Navy deployment installed on combat ready Super Hornets was expected in 2007.

The AN/APG-79 radar is composed of a numerous solid state transmit and receive modules to virtually eliminate mechanical breakdown, an advanced receiver/exciter, COTS (Commercial-Off-The-Shelf) processor and power supplies. These features characterize the APG-79 radar as a highly reliable radar with reduced operation costs. The Flight tests of the APG-79 radar are scheduled to begin in June 2003. The US Navy plans to buy up to 411 APG-79 radars and some F/A-18s foreign customers could be interested in purchasing this advanced radar. The AN/APG-79 radar systems will be supplied to F/A-18E/F Super Hornets as part of Super Hornet program Block II upgrade. The US Navy's EA-18G Electronic Attack aircraft will be equipped with the APG-79 AESA radar system as well.

Raytheon delivered the first low rate production APG-79 radar set to Boeing Integrated Defense Systems in Saint Louis on January 13, 2005. Up to 415 radar sets were expected to follow the first one to outfit US Navy's Super Hornets beginning in September 2006. On 28 June 2005, Boeing awarded Raytheon a $580 million multi year procurement contract for 190 APG-79 radars to equip the US Navy's F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircraft. The five year contract included low rate production lot 3 and 4 as well as full rate production lot 1 to 3 with final deliveries expected by 2010.

AN/APG-79 Applications

Combat Aircraft EA-18G Growler F/A-18E Block III Super Hornet F/A-18E Super Hornet F/A-18F Block III Super Hornet F/A-18F Super Hornet

AN/APG-79 Specifications

Max Detection Range: 150 kilometer (81 nautical mile)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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AN/APG-79 News

There are 23 news between
5 Sep 2003 and 11 Jul 2019
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Thursday, July 11, 2019US Air Force B-52 Bomber to Get AESA Radar by 2024
Tuesday, September 12, 2017FMS: Canada Seeks 18 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Aircraft
Thursday, November 17, 2016FMS: Kuwait Seeks 40 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Aircraft
Thursday, February 28, 2013FMS: Australia Wants 12 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and 12 EA-18G Growler Aircraft
Tuesday, November 22, 2011Raytheon Delivers 300th APG-79 AESA Radar for Domestic and International Aircraft
Friday, May 13, 2011Raytheon Receives Contract to Produce Additional APG-79 AESA Radars
Wednesday, March 2, 2011Raytheon Delivers 250th APG-79 AESA Radar
Thursday, September 23, 2010Australia Gets First Super Hornet with Provisions for Future Electronic Attack Capability
Sunday, March 28, 2010First Five RAAF Super Hornets Land in Australia
Thursday, August 6, 2009FMS: Brazil Seeks 36 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets

Operators & Related Equipment

United States of America437
May 2009134
Jul 2008100

Grand Total 5023
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