EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Nov. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) recently delivered its 300th active electronically scanned array APG-79 radar to Boeing for integration on the U.S. Navy's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler, including 24 AESA systems delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force for the F/A-18 Super Hornet.
"The APG-79 radar continues to deliver enhanced situational awareness for aircrews and unparalleled fighter combat proficiency for our domestic and international customers," said Mark Kula, vice president, Tactical Airborne Systems for Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems business. "We are extremely proud of our ability to strengthen the capabilities of the U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Air Force with the APG-79 radar's revolutionary real-time targeting."
Raytheon fielded its first AESA radar in 2000. Its APG-79 AESA radar has been in full-rate production since 2007 and provides situational awareness, air-to-surface, and air-to-air capability for more than a dozen U.S. Navy squadrons and the RAAF. The APG-79 hardware also offers 10 to 15 times greater reliability than mechanically scanned array radars, which results in lower costs during the service life of the unit.
"Achieving this delivery milestone exemplifies our team's commitment to deliver world-class AESA technology to our warfighters," said Eric Ditmars, F/A-18 platform director for Tactical Airborne Systems. "With more than 200,000 operational flight hours logged, the APG-79 is one of the most reliable radars available today."
The APG-79 AESA radar is produced at Raytheon's Consolidated Manufacturing Center in Forest, Miss. Raytheon's CMC produces radars and technology components for platforms such as the F-15, F/A-18 and Global Hawk.
Raytheon Company, with 2010 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 89 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter at @raytheon.
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