Boeing Receives 1st F‑15E Radar Modernization Program Test Asset from Raytheon

ST. LOUIS — Boe­ing [NYSE: BA] received the first APG-82(V)1 Active Elec­tron­i­cal­ly Scanned Array (AESA) radar test set for the U.S. Air Force F‑15E Radar Mod­ern­iza­tion Pro­gram (RMP) from Raytheon in St. Louis on June 10. The radar test set, which has suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ed Accep­tance Test Pro­ce­dures, will under­go fur­ther tests at Boeing’s Elec­tron­ic Sys­tems Inte­gra­tion Lab in St. Louis before being inte­grat­ed into an F‑15E.

The APG-82(V)1 RMP replaces the APG-70 radar with an AESA, result­ing in improved radar reli­a­bil­i­ty, main­tain­abil­i­ty and per­for­mance, as well as reduced sup­port costs. When inte­grat­ed into the F‑15E weapons sys­tem, the AESA radar will improve detec­tion and track­ing of ene­my targets. 

“One AESA-equipped F‑15E can detect and track mul­ti­ple tar­gets simul­ta­ne­ous­ly and gain the same bat­tle pic­ture and pros­e­cute the same num­ber of attacks that cur­rent­ly require sev­er­al mechan­i­cal­ly scanned radar assets,” said Brad Jones, Boe­ing direc­tor for U.S. Air Force Devel­op­ment Pro­grams. “Adding AESA mul­ti­plies the effec­tive­ness of the F‑15E.”

Raytheon is pro­duc­ing five AESA radar test units as part of the Engi­neer­ing and Man­u­fac­tur­ing Devel­op­ment phase of the pro­gram and will sup­port Boeing’s inte­gra­tion of AESA into the F‑15E. Inte­gra­tion will take place at Boe­ing facil­i­ties in St. Louis, fol­lowed by devel­op­men­tal and ini­tial oper­a­tional test and eval­u­a­tion flight programs. 

Oth­er RMP ele­ments include a wide­band radome, mod­i­fied Envi­ron­ment Con­trol Sys­tem, and mod­i­fied Radio Fre­quen­cy Tun­able Fil­ters, which allow the radar and Elec­tron­ic War­fare Sys­tem to oper­ate simultaneously. 

Boe­ing and Raytheon share more than 35 years of suc­cess on numer­ous gen­er­a­tions of F‑15 radar, begin­ning with the deliv­ery of the first APG-63 radar in 1972 and the incor­po­ra­tion of the world’s first oper­a­tional fight­er AESA radar with the APG-63(v)2 on the F‑15C in 2000. This lega­cy, along with shared expe­ri­ences on the F/A‑18E/F APG-79, ensures that the AESA-equipped F‑15E will remain a force mul­ti­pli­er for decades to come. 

A unit of The Boe­ing Com­pa­ny, Boe­ing Defense, Space & Secu­ri­ty is one of the world’s largest defense, space and secu­ri­ty busi­ness­es spe­cial­iz­ing in inno­v­a­tive and capa­bil­i­ties-dri­ven cus­tomer solu­tions, and the world’s largest and most ver­sa­tile man­u­fac­tur­er of mil­i­tary air­craft. Head­quar­tered in St. Louis, Boe­ing Defense, Space & Secu­ri­ty is a $34 bil­lion busi­ness with 68,000 employ­ees worldwide. 

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