Raytheon Fighter Radars Surpass One Million Flight Hours
McKINNEY, Texas — Raytheon Co.’s family of Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars for fighter jets has surpassed more than 1 million operational flight hours with two U.S. services and four international customers, the company said in a June 19 release. Raytheon, the first company to produce AESA radars for tactical aircraft, delivered its 1,000th production unit in May.
Raytheon’s AESA radars have been the primary targeting sensor on F-15 Eagles, F/A-18 Super Hornets and E/A-18 Growlers in every major U.S. air combat operation since the mid-2000s, including Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Odyssey Dawn, Operation Unified Protection and Operation Inherent Resolve
“Our AESAs deliver combat proven capabilities to pilots that help them prosecute their missions and return home safely,” said Eric Ditmars, vice president of Secured Sensor Solutions at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems.
The company is investing in AESA technologies to ensure today’s fighters maintain their edge for decades to come while also developing advanced radar capabilities for the next generation of tactical aircraft.