SEGUNDO, Calif., (May 10, 2022) – Raytheon Intelligence & Space’s
pre-production APG-79(V)4 radar system, was successfully flown on a U.S. Marine
Corps F/A-18 Hornet earlier this year, at Naval Air Weapons Station in China
Lake, California. This is the radar system’s first flight on the aircraft since
RI&S delivered the prototype radar in 2021.
The APG-79(V)4 is an APG-79 radar derivative that employs the first airborne GaN-AESA fire-control radar to help pilots detect and track enemy aircraft from greater distances with greater accuracy and meets the power and cooling requirements of legacy aircraft.
“Following successful ground testing
and the delivery of the prototype radar, this flight test was critical to
observe performance in the air,” said Thomas Shaurette, vice president of
F/A-18 & Global Strike Radars for RI&S. “It allowed our partners to see
the V4 radar’s enhanced detection and tracking abilities in real-time.”
The U.S. Marine Corps pilot
demonstrated the radar’s seamless integration with the legacy Hornet avionics.
The APG-79(V)4 radar is common in parts and technology with the legacy AN/APG-79
radar used in the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet, thus optimizing cost and
sustainment. Flight tests will continue to support weapons system integration
on the fleet.
The Naval Air
Systems Command recently awarded additional contract modifications to equip the
Hornet fleet with more radars in 2021, and the total production value for
domestic and foreign military sales customers is over $300 million.