Boeing, in an effort to sell to India, plans to put a radar on the aft section of its P-8 multi-mission maritime aircraft and rope in Raytheon to give the platform a new air-to-air capability.
"We are in the process of integrating an aft radar," confirms Tim Norgart, Boeing's director of business development for airborne battle management.
Noting that Raytheon already makes the APY-10 radar for the P-8, he adds: "we are now exploring [incorporating] an air-to-air mode into that radar".
India is looking to order P-8s, but has asked that the aircraft have an air-to-air capability and a 360° radar.
The APY-10 provides 240° coverage from the P-8's nose section, leaving a 120° coverage gap behind the aircraft.