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250th APG-79 AESA delivered

written by australianaviation.com.au | March 5, 2011

Raytheon has delivered the 250th APG-79 active electronically scanned array radar to Boeing. The APG-79 radar is flown on US Navy F/A-18E/F Block 2 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft, as well as Australia’s new F/A-18F Super Hornets.

“As we recognise this milestone of the 250th APG-79 AESA delivery, it is also significant to note that 85 radar systems were completed for the US Navy in just the last 12 months,” said Eric Ditmars, F/A-18 program director, Tactical Airborne Systems. “The APG-79 radar has revolutionised fighter combat capabilities and dramatically improved situational awareness for aircrews. This combat-proven, advanced radar technology also has logged more than 175,000 operational flight hours.”

Raytheon says the APG-79 AESA hardware offers 10-15 times greater reliability than mechanically scanned array radars.

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