Thursday, 1 December 2016

Boeing lands $558 mn USAF contract for F-15 fighter jet radar upgrade

Published: Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:13

The US defense giant Boeing has been awarded a $558,462,269 contract from the US Air Force for F-15 Combined APG-63 Version 3 Radar Improvement Program Version 3 and APG-82 Version 1 Radar Modernization Program (RMP) radar upgrades, the US Department of Defense announced on Nov. 30 on its website.

Under this modification contract, Boeing will provide procurement, installation, initial spares and support for 42 Version 3, and 29 RMP radars.

"Work will be performed at St. Louis, Missouri, and is expected to be complete by Jan. 15, 2019. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity," the US Department of Defense stated.

The APG-63(V)3 radar is a modern variant of the APG-63(V)2 designed by Raytheon, applying the same AESA technology utilized in Raytheon's APG-79. It is currently being retrofitted in the USAF F-15C/D and will be deployed in the Singapore's new F-15SG fighter aircraft. The first prototype was delivered in 2006 by Raytheon.

Also produced by Raytheon, the AN/APG-82(V)1 combines the processor of the APG-79 used on the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet with the antenna of the APG-63(V)3 AESA being fitted on the F-15C. It is currently installed in the F-15E under the Radar Modernization Program. This new radar includes a Radio Frequency Tunable Filters, which is designed to enable F-15E radar and jamming hardware to operate simultaneously without degrading each other.
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