Raytheon Intelligence & Space’s pre-production APG-79(V)4 radar system was successfully flown on a US Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet earlier this year.
The flight took place at Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, California.
This is the first flight of the radar system on the aircraft since RI&S delivered the prototype radar in 2021.
The APG-79(V)4 is a derivative of the APG-79 radar that uses the first airborne GaN-AESA fire control radar to help pilots detect and track enemy aircraft at greater ranges with greater high accuracy and meets legacy power and cooling requirements. airplane.
“Following successful ground testing and delivery of the prototype radar, this flight test was essential to observe performance in the air,” said Thomas Shaurette, vice president of F/A-18 and Global Strike radars for RI&S. . “This allowed our partners to see the enhanced detection and tracking capabilities of the V4 radar in real time.
The US Marine Corps pilot demonstrated the radar’s seamless integration with legacy Hornet avionics. The APG-79(V)4 radar is common in parts and technology with the older AN/APG-79 radar used in the US Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet, optimizing cost and sustainability. power. Flight testing will continue to support the integration of weapon systems across 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.