Raytheon to provide airborne surveillance radar imaging capability for Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft

June 25, 2024
The Raytheon AN/APY-10 maritime, littoral, and overland airborne surveillance radar is a relatively new design for the P-8A.

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md. – Maritime surveillance experts at RTX Raytheon will provide the U.S. Navy with 18 advanced airborne radar systems for the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol, surveillance, and anti-submarine warfare aircraft under terms of a $35 million order announced last week.

Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., are asking the RTX Raytheon segment in McKinney, Texas, to provide 18 AN/APY-10 radar system systems -- one for the Navy, 14 for Canada, and three for Germany.

The Raytheon AN/APY-10 maritime, littoral, and overland airborne 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.

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The AN/APY-10 is integrated into the Boeing mission control and display system aboard the Poseidon for control, display, and data distribution. The system also will provide ultra-high-resolution radar 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 September 2028. For more information contact RTX Raytheon online at www.rtx.com/raytheon, or Naval Air Systems Command at www.navair.navy.mil.

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