Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) recently delivered its 300th active electronically scanned array APG-79 radar to Boeing for integration on the U.S. Navy's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler, including 24 AESA systems delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force for the F/A-18 Super Hornet.
"The APG-79 radar continues to deliver enhanced situational awareness for aircrews and unparalleled fighter combat proficiency for our domestic and international customers," said Mark Kula, vice president, Tactical Airborne Systems for Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems business. "We are extremely proud of our ability to strengthen the capabilities of the U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Air Force with the APG-79 radar's revolutionary real-time targeting."
Raytheon fielded its first AESA radar in 2000. Its APG-79 AESA radar has been in full-rate production since 2007 and provides situational awareness, air-to-surface, and air-to-air capability for more than a dozen U.S. Navy squadrons and the RAAF. The APG-79 hardware also offers 10 to 15 times greater reliability than mechanically scanned array radars, which results in lower costs during the service life of the unit.
"Achieving this delivery milestone exemplifies our team's commitment to deliver world-class AESA technology to our warfighters," said Eric Ditmars, F/A-18 platform director for Tactical Airborne Systems. "With more than 200,000 operational flight hours logged, the APG-79 is one of the most reliable radars available today."
The APG-79 AESA radar is produced at Raytheon's Consolidated Manufacturing Center in Forest, Miss. Raytheon's CMC produces radars and technology components for platforms such as the F-15, F/A-18 and Global Hawk.
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