Raytheon selected for radar upgrade

first_imgDefense analyst Paul Nisbet estimated that Raytheon could make $2 million to $3 million on each new radar system, not including initial engineering and design work. That would bring the value of the work at least into the mid-$100-million range. And that’s without the engineering. Raytheon recently began work to deliver eight upgraded radars for a different version of the aircraft, the F-15C model. That project, for the Air National Guard and Air Force, is funded by a $52.2million contract. Furthermore, Raytheon expects to upgrade the radar for nearly 300 other F-15C aircraft for the Air Force and Air National Guard, Henchey said. “It’s really a huge amount of business across the board, and we haven’t even talked about internationally,” said Henchey, who used to fly the aircraft for the Air Force. The F-15E, the two-seater version that specializes in air-to-ground attack, has been bought by various nations, most recently Singapore and South Korea, Henchey said. The new Raytheon radar to be installed in F-15E and C models is a variety of the radar the company makes for the Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet. “We are leveraging this technology and upgrading it constantly as it goes to both the Navy and Air Force war fighters,” Henchey said. Known as the active electronically scanned array, or AESA, the Raytheon radar is more powerful than the existing F-15 radars. In addition, the AESA has no moving parts, making it less prone to defects or needed maintenance than a traditional mechanical radar. In a statement, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems President Jon Jones said the new radar would give the F-15E a “new operational level of simultaneous air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities,” and maintain the aircraft as part of the Air Force fleet through 2035. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Prime contractor Boeing Co. is still finalizing the details with the Air Force. But the value of the work to Raytheon could be hundreds of millions of dollars. The systems will be engineered and designed mostly in El Segundo and built in Texas and Mississippi, said Mike Henchey, director of strategy and business development for Raytheon’s Tactical Airborne Systems division in El Segundo. “It’s a big jump here because between the design and production, the high-tech force that works here in El Segundo will be working hard on the design and development phase through about 2015 and beyond,” Henchey said. “It won’t be a lot of additional jobs. It will just continue the need for this high-tech work force.” Development work in El Segundo will begin next year. Raytheon employs about 8,000 workers in El Segundo. EL SEGUNDO: The company could make hundreds of millions of dollars on system improvement for the Air Force. By Muhammed El-Hasan Staff Writer El Segundo-based Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems has been chosen to upgrade the radar systems for the Air Force’s 224 F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft, the company said Friday. last_img read more