Boeing and Raytheon get green light to begin low-rate production of upgraded F-15E APG-82(V)1 AESA radar
ST. LOUIS, 2 Oct 2011. Radar systems integrators at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in El Segundo, Calif., have received approval from the U.S. Air Force to work with the Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security unit in St. Louis to begin to begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the APG-82(V)1 radar system for the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle jet fighter-bomber as part of the F-15E's Radar Modernization Program (RMP). The APG-82(V)1 capitalizes on radar technology developed for the Boeing F-15C jet fighter and F/A-18E/F fighter-bomber aircraft to reduce cost and risk for the new radar.
The APG-82(V)1 AESA radar enables aircraft to detect, identify, and track several different targets in the air and on the ground simultaneously at long ranges. Raytheon AESA radars can be upgraded easily upgraded to add future capabilities, Raytheon officials say.
Raytheon and Boeing experts are testing the F-15E RMP systems over a 14-month, 110-sortie program at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Boeing and Raytheon will verify that the system performance meets Air Force specifications.
Production of the first LRIP lot of six units is to begin this month, followed by production of 10 units in LRIP 2 and 17 units in LRIP 3, Boeing officials say. For more information contact Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems online at www.raytheon.com/businesses/rsas, or Boeing Defense, Space & Security at http://boeing.com/bds.