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Raytheon wins B-52 radar work

12th July 2019 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Raytheon will provide the new radar for the US Air Force’s B-52 bomber fleet under a contract from Boeing announced on 11 July.

The B-52 bomber radar modernisation programme will see active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar systems designed, developed, produced and sustained by Raytheon to ensure that the aircraft remains mission ready through 2050 and beyond.

The AESA radar will give the B-52 improved navigation reliability to support nuclear and conventional missions, along with improved mapping and detection range and an increase in the number of targets it can simultaneously engage.

The radar will be based on AESA technologies developed from Raytheon’s APG-79/APG-82 radar family.

Low rate initial production is scheduled to begin in 2024.

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