Raytheon handed over the first B-52 active electronically scanned array radar (AESA) to Boeing for the U.S. Air Force's B-52 Radar Modernization Program.
This new radar replaces its current 1960s radar technology. The B-52 will gain improved navigation and targeting capabilities in higher threat areas, says Michelle Styczynski, vice president of Agile Radar Solutions at Raytheon.
The B-52's new radar will enable improved mapping and detection range and increase the number of targets the platform can engage simultaneously. Along with improved modes and capabilities, the AESA radar will help crews see further, more accurately and have increased situational awareness.
Under the contract, Raytheon is designing, developing, and producing the radar systems for the entire U.S. Air Force B-52 fleet.
Production of the radars is taking place in Forest, Mississippi and El Segundo, California. The remaining test-phase radars are expected to be delivered through the summer of 2024.