Raytheon’s integration of AN/APG-79 AESA radar into Boeing’s F/A-18E/F fighter aircraft marks the first major change to aircraft radar in decades, offering both increased capability and durability.
Raytheon, a long-standing member of the F/A-18 Hornet industry team, recently hosted more than 500 employees, elected officials, community leaders and Boeing guests at the company’s far field test facility in Forest, Miss. The ribbon-cutting ceremony there celebrated the 500th APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar integration and completion of an electronic warfare wing at the Raytheon facility.
“Their success is our success,” said Dan Gillian, F/A-18 and EA-18G programs vice president. “We’re proud to celebrate the vital, cutting-edge technologies Raytheon provides that help keep the Super Hornet and Growler at the forefront of current and future combat operations.”
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) attended the event, thanking Raytheon employees for their dedication to building the best for the nation’s warfighters.
“The APG-79 AESA radar helps make the Boeing Super Hornets and Growler jets that carry it the most advanced fighter jets being produced for combat today,” Bryant said.
Boeing’s F/A-18 simulator demonstration trailer was on-site to give Raytheon employees an opportunity to fly the Super Hornet and see their products in action. Bryant also flew in the simulator, successfully landing on an aircraft carrier.
Capt. David Koss, commodore, Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet, spoke during the ceremony about the critical importance of these products.
“What you are doing directly supports and enables the warfighter that’s forward deployed right now, ensuring that we have the freedom to have this meeting,” Koss said. “What you’re doing truly matters.”
Gillian said it’s this mantra that makes it so critical for the collective team — Boeing, industry partners and Congressional members alike — to support the Navy in its pursuit of more Super Hornets and Growlers.
“As the only strike fighter and airborne electronic attack aircraft on carrier decks today, the Super Hornet and Growler are the near-term solution to meet the Navy’s immediate and future needs,” Gillian said. “It’s essential we work together to keep these aircraft forward deployed for decades to come.”