Raytheon Awarded F/A-18 AESA Radar Contract

By Tish Drake | January 3, 2011
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Naval Air Systems Command has awarded a $52 million contract to Raytheon to produce APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars for F/A-18 Super Hornet.

"Raytheon's high-performance AESA radar systems offer greater affordability over the life of the radar. The APG-79 has extremely low failure and maintenance rates," said Eric Ditmars, F/A-18 program director, Tactical Airborne Systems.

This third retrofit contract brings orders for the update of block II F/A-18s up to 57. Work for this program will be completed at Raytheon facilities in El Segundo, Calif.; Andover, Mass.; Forest, Miss.; and Dallas, Texas, with deliveries expected to begin October 2012.

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