First Production APG-79 AESA Radar System Delivered to Boeing


Released on Thursday, January 13, 2005
United States of America
AN/APG-79
EA-18G Growler
F/A-18E Super Hornet
F/A-18F Super Hornet
AESA - Active Electronically Scanned Array
LRIP - Low Rate Initial Production
Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems has announced that the first production AN/APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar system has been delivered, ahead of schedule, to Boeing Integrated Defense Systems in Saint Louis.

This radar has been produced under the low rate initial production (LRIP) phase of the APG-79 program which will deliver 415 radar sets for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet multi-role aircraft and the EA-18G airborne electronic attack variant. The goal of the APG-79 program is to achieve operational readiness on the Super Hornet platform by September 2006.

The AESA radar will add new capabilities to the Super Hornet aircraft such as greater reliability, improved situational awareness, and the ability to conduct air-to-air and air-to-ground operations almost simultaneously at greater distances. The new radar is a key element to the Super Hornet Block II upgrades.

To date, the APG-79 radar has completed a successful campaign of flight testing on a surrogate aircraft conducted by Raytheon. Boeing will now integrate and conduct flight testing on the aircraft which APG-79 was developed for. The US Navy expects to achieve an initial operational capability for the new radar on the Super Hornet before the end of 2007.

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