First F-15C With Boeing’s AESA Radar Declared Operational

by: Matthew Potter
April 14, 2010

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Boeing (BA), the U.S. Air Force and Florida Air National Guard displayed the first operational F-15C with a new Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. The aircraft was shown at the Jacksonville Air Guard facility.

Boeing is operating under a contract to upgrade twenty-four F-15C aircraft for both the U.S.A.F. and the ANG with the new radar. AESA provides better performance and reliability due in part to the elimination of the mechanical scanning parts. Boeing also provides support and sustainment to the F-15 fleet in use with the American military.

The Air Defense of the United States has assumed a greater role since 9/11 and the ANG provides the primary capability. It operates F-15 and F-16 fighters but these aging aircarft will begin to be retired soon. The long term plan is to replace a significant number of them with F-35 JSF now that F-22 production is being ended at 180 odd by the Obama Administration.

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