The contract will equip the Super Hornets with APG-79 active electronically scanned array radars. The contract comes from the Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, MD, and will replace the APG-73 radar systems in an undisclosed number of the F/A-18E/F aircraft. The new radar systems will ensure that pilots and support crews have access to the most advanced technology available, according to Raytheon officials.
Tom Kennedy, VP for Tactical Airborne Systems at Raytheon, said “The added reliability and maintainability of the APG-79 result in lower life-cycle costs and enhanced capabilities for the Navy.” Raytheon has already delivered 134 AESA radar arrays to the Navy for the Super Hornet and the EA-18G Growler aircraft, bringing their total retrofit orders to 38.
Work on the program, expected to be completed in December 2010, will be carried out at Forest, MS; Dallas, TX; El Segundo, CA; and Andover, MA.