PARIS AIR SHOW: Raytheon trumps Northrop with new AESA designation

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Boeing confirms that Raytheon has proposed an active electronically scanned array (AESA) for the F-15 Silent Eagle called the APG-82.

The APG-82 matches the front-end antenna from the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet's APG-79 antenna with an all-new back-end processor derived from the APG-63(V)3 radar.

The US Air Force designation of the APG-82 stems from its selection for the F-15E Strike Eagle's radar modernisation programme.

For marketing purposes, the new designation could become a coup for Raytheon. As it tops the Northrop Grumman APG-81 in development for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Raytheon can claim possession of the latest-generation radar system in the US inventory.

Although the APG-82 will be integrated for the F-15E RMP, Boeing has not yet decided whether to use it for the export-focused F-15SE.

"That's a subject of discussion between Raytheon and our company," says Tom Bell, the Boeing military aircraft division's director of business development.

Asked what factors are involved in those discussions, Bell replied simply: "Two words: customer requirements."