Raytheon to Upgrade Radars on F-18 Aircraft

by: Matthew Potter
May 28, 2009

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The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a contract to retrofit new AN/APG-79 advanced radars on older F-18 aircraft. The APG-79 is an advanced, electronic beam scanning radar. This allows the radar to be steered digitally rather then mechanically like older systems. The radar provides a more reliable, higher resolution and longer range system then previous equipment.

The contract is worth almost $60 million and will be installed on F-18E/F Super Hornets already in service with the Navy. Raytheon has been providing the APG-79 to Boeing as it delivers the new aircraft over the last few years. 134 radars have been provided for new construction and with this contract 38 total aircraft will be retrofitted. The current plan is to retrofit 133 existing aircraft.

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