Raytheon Intelligence & Space to Equip Royal Canadian Air Force Hornet Fleet with New Radars

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., (September 23, 2021) – Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business (NYSE: RTX), received a $140.3 million U.S. Naval Air Systems Command foreign military sales contract to equip the Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet fleet with RI&S’ APG-79(V)4 Active Electronically Scanned Array radar.

The APG-79(V)4 is a scaled version of the APG-79 AESA radar that helps pilots detect and track enemy aircraft from farther distances and with more accuracy than legacy systems. The radar’s improved targeting capabilities provide an edge in crucial operations including air-to-air, maritime strike and air-to-surface missions. Powered by gallium nitride, or GaN, the APG-79(V)4 delivers a compact, efficient design with GaN Transmit/Receive Modules embedded directly into the array.

“Having the right tool for the job matters, and we’re committed to delivering just that for the Royal Canadian Air Force,” said Eric Ditmars, RI&S vice president of Secure Sensor Solutions. “This upgrade to AESA radars with GaN supports longer detection ranges and multiple-target tracking.”

The APG-79(V)4 uses solid-state electronic technology with no moving parts, which equates to lower maintenance and repair costs, and increased aircraft availability. This smaller radar shares 90 percent of the same parts and technology as the larger AN/APG-79 radar used in the F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft.

RI&S began development work to equip classic F/A-18 Hornets with an AESA radar upgrade last year, and initial production orders are now underway. The expansion to support the Royal Canadian Air Force allows RI&S to outfit allies with the same advanced technology provided to U.S. military aircrews.

This contract builds on Raytheon Intelligence & Space’s legacy of AESA radar production, having fielded the first AESA radar in 2000. Work will be performed in El Segundo, Calif., Dallas, Texas and Forest, Miss.


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Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. With four industry-leading businesses ― Collins Aerospace Systems, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense ― the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in avionics, cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics, and quantum physics. The company, formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses, is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

About Raytheon Intelligence & Space

Raytheon Intelligence & Space delivers the disruptive technologies our customers need to succeed in any domain, against any challenge. A developer of advanced sensors, cyber services and software solutions, Raytheon Intelligence & Space provides a decisive advantage to civil, military and commercial customers in more than 46 countries around the world. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the business generated $15 billion in adjusted pro forma annual revenue in 2020 and has 37,000 employees worldwide. Raytheon Intelligence & Space is one of four businesses that form Raytheon Technologies Corporation.