The APG-79 radar is flown on U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircraft, and on the Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet.
Eric Ditmars, F/A-18 program director, Tactical Airborne Systems, said the APG-79 radar has revolutionized fighter combat capabilities and dramatically enhanced situational awareness for aircrews, as well as logged more than 175,000 operational flight hours.
According to Raytheon, the APG-79 AESA hardware offers 10-15 times greater reliability than mechanically scanned array radars, resulting in reduced life-cycle costs. It also provides capabilities that allow warfighters to detect and identify targets beyond the reach of most missiles.
In addition to being used by more than a dozen U.S. Navy squadrons, the Royal Australian Air Force received the radar system in 2010, marking the delivery of the first foreign military sale of Super Hornets equipped with the APG-79.