AN/APG-79 AESA Radar

Man working on radar assembly at the manufacturing facility.

The revolutionary APG-79 AESA radar provides F/A-18 aircrews with powerful capabilities

The APG-79 AESA radar system represents a significant advance in radar technology – from the front-end array to the back-end processor and operational software. This combat-proven AESA radar system substantially increases the power of the U.S. Navy's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the F/A-18 Classic Hornet, making them stronger than ever before.

With its active electronic beam scanning, which allows the radar beam to be steered at nearly the speed of light, the APG-79 optimizes situational awareness and provides superior air-to-air and air-to-surface capability. The agile beam enables the multimode radar to interleave in near-real time, so that pilot and crew can use both modes simultaneously.

Now in full rate production for the U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Air Force, the APG-79 demonstrates reliability, image resolution, and targeting and tracking range significantly greater than that of the previous mechanically scanned array F/A-18 radar. With its open systems architecture and compact, commercial-off-the-shelf parts, it delivers dramatically increased capability in a smaller, lighter package. The array is composed of numerous solid-state transmit and receive modules to virtually eliminate mechanical breakdown. Other system components include an advanced receiver/exciter, ruggedized COTS processor, and power supplies.

The APG-79(v)4 draws from the technological innovation of the combat-proven and exportable APG-79 AESA radar that equips U.S. Navy and Australian Super Hornets and applies it to the Classic Hornet.

In addition to the APG-79, Raytheon Intelligence & Space supplies the F/A-18E/F aircraft with several other systems. Among these are the current APG-73 radar, ATFLIR forward-looking infrared targeting pod, ALR-67(V)3 digital radar warning receiver, ALE-50 towed decoy and a variety of missiles and bombs, including laser-guided weapons such as the Paveway® laser-guided bomb and JSOW® weapon system.