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Paris Air Show 2017: Raytheon AESA radars surpass a million flight hours

22 June 2017

Raytheon announced at the Paris Air Show on 19 June that its family of active electronically scanned-array (AESA) radars for fighter aircraft have clocked up more than one million operational flight hours with the US Air Force, US Navy, and four international customers. The company additionally noted that it had delivered its 1,000th production AESA radar unit in May.

Raytheon's APG-79 AESA radar for the Boeing F/A-18E/F and EA-18G. Raytheon announced at the Paris Air Show on 19 June that its AESA radars had surpassed a million operational flight hours. (Raytheon)Raytheon's APG-79 AESA radar for the Boeing F/A-18E/F and EA-18G. Raytheon announced at the Paris Air Show on 19 June that its AESA radars had surpassed a million operational flight hours. (Raytheon)

Raytheon's AESA radars have been the primary targeting sensor on Boeing F-15 Eagle and F/A-18 Super Hornet fighters, as well as Boeing E/A-18 Growler electronic attack aircraft, in every US air combat action since the mid-2000s, including operations 'Enduring Freedom', 'Iraqi Freedom', 'Odyssey Dawn', 'Unified Protector', and 'Inherent Resolve'.

The Raytheon APG-79 AESA radar was described as the "sensor backbone of the US Navy F/A-18 [Super Hornet and Growler] fleet" during a company briefing on air dominance at the air show, while the APG-63(V)3 is on board USAF F-15Cs, Republic of Singapore Air Force F-15SGs and Royal Saudi Air Force F-15SAs. The APG-82(V)1, meanwhile, is the company's AESA sensor on the F-15E Strike Eagle.

The two additional international customers remain undisclosed.

Speaking at the air show on 19 June, Joe Beissner, senior manager for business development within Raytheon's Space & Airborne Systems business and a former USAF fighter pilot, described the jump in capability from mechanically scanned-array radars to AESA units as a "night and day-type improvement".

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