Boeing Has Selected Raytheon to Replace the Obsolete Radar on the US Air Force’s Bombers

LONDON, (BM) – Boeing has selected Raytheon to replace the obsolete radar on the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) B-52H Strafortress strategic bombers, learned, quoting Jane`s.

Under the contract, (the value was not disclosed) Raytheon will design, develop, produce, and sustain active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar systems for the USAF’s fleet of 77 B-52 bombers (one of which is being reactivated from the ‘boneyard’ at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base). The radar is based on AESA technologies developed from the AN/APG-79/82 family, though it has not yet been given a designation of its own.

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Raytheon noted that low-rate initial production (LRIP) will begin in 2024, as the USAF looks to maintain the B-52 in frontline service through to 2050 and beyond.

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The USAF looked at several options to satisfy its Radar Modernization Program (RMP) to replace the B-52’s now obsolete Northrop Grumman AN/APQ-166 mechanically-scanned radar. Speaking previously to Jane’s, a senior USAF official noted, “It’s an old radar. It doesn’t have the reliability we’d like to have, and if you’re flying long-duration missions and you get to a two-digit mean time between failure, it means you’re flying around with a broken radar a lot.”

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These options included the AN/APG-83 AESA system that was being offered by the incumbent radar supplier, Northrop Grumman.

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Source: Jane`s