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
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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