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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Raytheon Hits F/A-18E/F Avionics Milestones

F/A-18F Super Hornet
Raytheon has achieved important milestones on three F/A-18E/F related programs -- for the radars and electronic warfare and targeting systems, the company said Monday.

Raytheon recently delivered the 300th APG-79 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar to Boeing for integration on F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers. Raytheon has also delivered the 600th ALR-67(V)3 radar warning receiver. Additionally, Raytheon's Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) pod has reached 1 million F/A-18 operational flight hours.

"Raytheon radar, electronic warfare and targeting systems are integral components to the success of the Super Hornet, and we are proud of the long history of performance we have demonstrated with the platform," said Mark Kula, vice president of Tactical Airborne Systems for Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems business. "Raytheon understands the unique challenges represented in building systems for carrier-based aircraft, and we incorporate that knowledge into every product we develop for the F/A-18."

Raytheon fielded the world's first operational AESA radar in 2000. In operation on the Super Hornet since 2007, the APG-79 provides far greater performance and reliability than mechanically scanned array radars.

The ALR-67(V)3 is the U.S. Navy's standard for radar warning receivers. Earlier this year, Raytheon was awarded a $77 million contract modification to deliver ALR-67(V)3 systems to the Navy as part of full-rate production Lot 14.

The ATFLIR pod delivers all-weather pinpoint accuracy and reliability for air-to-air and air-to-ground mission support, enabling aviators to perform their missions in the harshest conditions with maximum efficiency and security.

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