USMC selects Raytheon AESA radar
Raytheon's APG-79(v)4 AESA radar has been selected by the US Marine Corps to equip its F/A-18C/D classic Hornet aircraft fleet, the company announced on 15 January.
The APG-79(v)4, a scaled version of the APG-79 AESA radar, delivers improved range and targeting capability for maritime strike and air-to-surface missions.
The radar system requires fewer maintenance hours, increasing aircraft availability.
Eric Ditmars, VP of Raytheon Secure Sensor Solutions, said: ‘With AESA radars, fighter jet pilots and crews tip the scales in their favour over their adversaries. Now that the APG-79(v)4 is slated to fly on the classic Hornet, marine corps pilots will be able to identify, track and engage more targets over a greater distance than ever before.’
Delivery of the systems will start in 2020 and will be complete by 2022.
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