A firm fixed-price delivery contract worth €6.5 million ($8.6 million) has been awarded to Raytheon by the US Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River, Maryland for the supply of three AN/APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array radars.
The US Navy is upgrading its F/A-18E/F Super Hornets with Raytheon’s AN/APG-79. The upgrade will allow some of the legacy Raytheon AN/APG-73 radars outfitting early F/A-18E/F airframes to be cascaded down to other US Navy and Marine Corps Hornets which are still using the Raytheon AN/APG-65.
The AN/APG-79 gathered momentum with the delivery of the first low-rate initial production radar to Boeing for installation onboard the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in January 2005. This was followed in June 2005 with a contract worth €444 million ($580 million) for the delivery of 180 radars for installation on the Super Hornet over a five-year period.