PHILADELPHIA – Maritime surveillance experts at Raytheon Technologies Corp. provide the U.S. Navy with five advanced airborne radar systems for the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol, surveillance, and anti-submarine warfare aircraft under terms of a $23.2 million order announced late last month.
Officials of the Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support activity in Philadelphia, are asking the Raytheon Intelligence & Space segment in McKinney, Texas, to provide five AN/APY-10 radar system weapon repairable assemblies (WRAs).
The Raytheon AN/APY-10 maritime, littoral, and overland surveillance radar is a relatively new design for the P-8A. Compared with the previous-generation AN/APS-137 radar, the AN/APY-10 has reduced size, weight, and power (SWaP); additional target track capabilities, a new color weather avoidance mode, and room for technology growth, Raytheon officials say.
The P-8A is a specially hardened and reinforced version of the Boeing 737-800 passenger jet, and is designed to operate either at extremely low altitudes or at high altitudes over the ocean to search for potentially hostile submarines. The P-8A is designed to withstand the rigors of low-altitude turbulence and exposure to salt spray.
The AN/APY-10 is integrated into the Boeing mission control and display system aboard the Poseidon for control, display, and data distribution. The radar also will provide ultra-high-resolution imaging modes for maritime and overland operations. The radar fits in the nose of the Poseidon.
The Poseidon is replacing the P-3 Orion for long-range maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare. The aircraft is equipped with modern avionics, anti-ship missiles, sophisticated torpedoes, sonobuoys, radar, and signals-intelligence gear. The Navy plans to buy 117 P-8As to replace its P-3 fleet.
On this order Raytheon will do the work in McKinney, Texas, and should be finished by December 2026. For more information contact Raytheon Intelligence & Space online at www.raytheonintelligenceandspace.com, or the Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support-Philadelphia at www.navsup.navy.mil/NAVSUP-Enterprise/NAVSUP-Weapon-Systems-Support/Welcome-Philadelphia.