Tuesday, September 27, 2011
F-15E Radar Modernization to Enter Production
The Air Force has granted the F-15E Rader Modernization Program (RMP) approval Tuesday, which will begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the APG-82(V)1 radar system, according to aircraft manufacturer Boeing.
Raytheon performed extensive flight tests to validate the design and development of the radar system. The RMP, according to Boeing, leverages prior radar development programs on F-15C and F/A-18E/F aircraft, which will significantly reduce cost and integration risk for this new radar.
“The F-15E RMP couples new technology with improved system reliability to position the F-15E for many years of service to the warfighter,” said Maj. Brain Hartt, U.S. Air Force RMP program manager.
The RMP is undergoing a 14-month, 110-sortie flight test program at Englin Air Force Base, Fla., Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Boeing and Raytheon will perform data reduction analysis throughout the test phase to verify the system performance meets radar specifications.
Production of the first LRIP lost of six units is scheduled to being in October, followed by production of 10 units in LRIP 2 and 17 units in LRIP 3.