Raytheon to supply APY-10 radars for German P-8A Poseidon fleet

WASHINGTON, US — The American company Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, will supply five radar systems APY-10 radars for the needs of the German defense. The radar systems are intended for the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.

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The US State Department of Defense announced this delivery through a $77 million contract. Most of the manufacturing of the radar systems will be done at Raytheon’s manufacturing facilities in McKinney, Texas. According to US State Department regulations, Raytheon must be ready with the order in 2027.

About APY-10

The APY-10 is a radar developed solely for the needs of the Boeing P-8A Poseidon. It is characterized by high productivity. I.e. the radar is small in size, uses little power, and is quite light compared to radars in its class.

The radar is used for multipurpose activities in the field of maritime and land reconnaissance. It is capable of providing not only a barrel picture to the pilots and operators in the P-8A Poseidon but also an extremely high-resolution picture. The radar can operate in several modes, including synthetic and inverse synthetic aperture. The radar can be used as a navigation system as well.

According to various experts in the field of Command, Control, Communications, Computers Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance [C4ISR], the APY-10 is highly effective in inverse synthetic aperture mode. In this mode, the Raytheon radar can not only detect but also identify the type of targets at a very long distance using different resolutions.

P-8 for Germany

The APY-10 order for the German Navy is part of a larger order. It includes the acquisition of five P-8A Poseidon, whose deal was confirmed in the second half of last year. Berlin originally wanted to acquire seven, but subsequently, after a correction, German lawmakers approved the purchase of five.

Raytheon to supply APY-10 radars for German P-8A Poseidon fleet
Photo by Greg L. Davis

This purchase is part of the German government’s plans to modernize the country’s navy and air force. The P-8 Poseidon will have to replace the aging German P-3C Orion. According to various sources, the first new Boeing planes will begin to be delivered next year.

Germany’s entire order amounts to $1.1 billion. Training of future German P-8 Poseidon pilots has already begun, as has the production of spare parts that are part of the package that Berlin ordered.


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