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AUSA 2021: Raytheon set to sign off on new AESA radar contracts in ‘short order’

7th October 2021 - 17:00 GMT | by Tim Martin in London


Raytheon's new lightweight AESA radar weighs just over 45kg – roughly one-third the weight of competitor AESA radars. (Photo: Raytheon)

After recently bringing a new AESA radar to market, Raytheon is close to securing production contracts for the lightweight system which it plans on flight testing before the end of 2021.

Raytheon has revealed to Shephard it plans on signing production contracts for a new lightweight, gallium nitride (GaN), active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar in ‘short order’ and will begin flight testing the system, for the first time, before the end of 2021.

Initially brought to market on 21 September, the radar weights just over 45kg – roughly one-third the weight of equivalent AESA radars – features patented cooling technology and a unique digital receiver/exciter and processor dubbed CHIRP.

At a capability level and compared to mechanically scanned arrays the new AESA will enable pilots to track air and ground targets simultaneously …

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