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Farnborough 2022: Raytheon halves AESA radar cost and weight with PhantomStrike

21st July 2022 - 12:30 GMT | by Ian Parker in Farnborough


The two line replaceable units for PhantomStrike, on display by Raytheon at the Farnborough International Airshow. (Photo: Raytheon)

Raytheon expects to make initial deliveries in 2026 of its new compact PhantomStrike AESA radar.

Raytheon Intelligence & Space used the Farnborough International Airshow on 18-22 July to promote its PhantomStrike AESA radar, which the company claims is about half the weight, size and price of competitor systems.

The key is the use of a patented air cooling system in the gallium nitride (GaN) radar for airborne and ground applications, as opposed to liquid cooling. 

GaN radar technology has been around for a long time, but developers and end-users alike are keen to see smaller form factors with lower acquisition costs.

Eric Ditmars, president of secure sensor solutions at Raytheon Intelligence & Space, told

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Ian Parker


Ian Parker

Ian Parker became an aerospace and defence journalist in 1980 on Flight International and started …

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