$580M Subcontract Puts AN/APG-79 Radars in Production F-18s
Yesterday, DID noted a $102.4 million contract to upgrade 22 Super Hornets with the newest AN/APG-79 AESA radar array technology. On June 28/05, Raytheon Co. announced a $580 million, multiyear subcontract to deliver 190 AN/APG-79 AESA netcentric enabled radar systems for the Boeing Co. over the next five years, for installation in production F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet fighter planes.
The first low rate initial production APG-79 AESA radar designed for the F/A-18E/F was delivered to Boeing IDS (Integrated Defense Systems) in January 2005. Following successful installation and testing Boeing plans to deliver the first AESA-equipped F/A-18F to the U.S. Navy in April 2006. The radar will also equip the initial production of EA-18G electronic warfare aircraft, currently on the drawing board to replace the aging EA-6B Prowler.