As the only strike fighter and airborne electronic aircraft on carrier decks today, the Super Hornet and Growler are meeting the U.S. Navy’s immediate and future strike fighter needs. Inside the nose of the aircraft is a sophisticated radar that provides unparalleled situational awareness for the aircrew. The AN/APG-79 AESA Radar system gives the aircrew the ability to guide several missiles to multiple targets at extended ranges and elevation.
Raytheon supplies the radar system and recently celebrated the delivery of the 500th APG-79 AESA radar as well as the completion of its electronic warfare wing at the company’s far field test facility in Forest, Miss. to expand operations. Distinguished guests Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) attended the event, thanking Raytheon employees for their dedication for 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,” said Gov. Bryant about the facility expansion.
Boeing’s F/A-18 simulator demonstration trailer was on-site to give Raytheon employees the chance to fly the Super Hornet and see their products in action. While in the demonstration trailer, Boeing representatives took the opportunity to explain to employees and guests how critical it is to fulfill the Navy’s request for 12 Super Hornets and to urge Congress to add aircraft to this year’s fiscal budget to extend production beyond 2017.
To learn more about the Super Hornet and Growler and their state of the art capabilities America depends on, visit www.fa-18.com .