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Dubai Airshow 2011: AESA radars to transform performance of 'legacy' Hornets

15th November 2011 - 09:32 GMT | by Tony Osborne in Dubai, UAE

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As Raytheon delivers its 300th active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar system, the company is turning its attention to retrofitting world's fleets of 'legacy' F/A-18 Hornets with the technology.

At the Dubai Airshow, the company is touting its RACR AESA radar system, which can be potentially retrofitted into the hundreds of F/A-18 A/B/C/D Hornet that serve not only with the United States Navy, but the air arms of nations such as Spain, Switzerland, Canada and Finland.

The company has already garnered some 300,000 hours of flight operations with AESA radars since the first Raytheon AESA radars were fitted to Alaska-based

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Tony Osborne

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Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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