Raytheon to supply F/A-18 fighter jets with AN/APG-79 AESA Open Systems Architecture radar sets

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PHILADELPHIA CREAM – The radar experts at Raytheon Technologies Corp. will supply the U.S. Navy with six serviceable sets of AN/APG-79 Airborne Active Electronically Scanned Radar (AESA) weapons as part of a $36.5 million order announced Thursday.

US Naval Supply Systems Command Weapons Systems Support Activity managers in Philadelphia request from the Raytheon Intelligence & Space Segment in El Segundo, Calif., serviceable sets of AESA Radar Weapons (WRA) in support of the F/A-18 Hornet carrier-based jet fighter-bomber.

The AN/APG-79 AESA radar for the US Navy’s Boeing F/A-18E/F fighter-bomber and EA-18G Growler carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft provides situational awareness of aircrew, near-instant tracking updates and multi-target fitness tracking.

The APG-79 radar has an open system architecture and rugged off-the-shelf (R-COTS) parts. Its array features solid-state transmit and receive modules for increased reliability, as well as an advanced receiver/driver, ruggedized R-COTS processor, and power supplies.

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The APG-79 AESA airborne radar uses transmit/receive (TR) modules filled with gallium arsenide (GaAs) monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs).

The radar’s active electronic beam scanning helps steer the radar beam at near light speed to optimize situational awareness and air-to-air and air-to-ground capability, Raytheon officials said. The agile beam allows the multi-mode radar to interleave in near real time, so the pilot and crew can use both modes simultaneously.

Radar allows the Hornet jet to fire multiple missiles at once and guide them to different widely spaced targets in azimuth, elevation, or range.

On this order, Raytheon will perform the work in Forest, Mississippi, and is expected to be complete by May 2026. For more information, contact Raytheon Intelligence & Space online at www.raytheonintelligenceandspace.com, or the support business of Naval Supply Systems Command-Philadelphia Weapon Systems at www.navsup.navy.mil/NAVSUP-Enterprise/NAVSUP-Weapon-Systems-Support.

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