Raytheon to Equip Marines’ Hornet Aircraft With Updated Radar Tech

The U.S. Marine Corps has selected Raytheon to provide updated radar systems for integration into the service branch's fleet of F/A-18C/D Hornet jets.

Raytheon said Tuesday it will commence the delivery of APG-79(v)4 active electronically scanned array radars in 2020 and continue through 2022.

The latest AESA technology shares a more than 90 percent commonality with its predecessor APG-79 system and works to support air-to-surface at maritime strike operations.

"Now that the APG-79(v)4 is slated to fly on the classic Hornet, Marine Corps pilots will be able to identify, track and engage more targets over a greater distance than ever before,“ said Eric Ditmars, vice president of Raytheon's secure sensor solutions business.

The company designed the radar to reduce time allocated for maintenance work and increase flight availability for aircrews.

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