CHINA LAKE, Calif., --- Raytheon Company's APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar recently demonstrated its Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) mode capability during a F/A-18E/F Super Hornet flight test at China Lake. This successful test came less than one month after the first flight of APG-79 on July 30.
Demonstration of the SAR mode marks another major step forward in the APG-79 radar's developmental flight test program. The SAR map images, processed and displayed in real time on board the F/A-18 test aircraft, provide early validation of SAR mode algorithms, processing, hardware maturity, interfaces and displays.
Image quality was outstanding. “The SAR imaging capability delivered by the APG-79 in its first flight test is really exciting,” said Raytheon APG-79 Program Manager Tom Marchese. “We're using best practices in program management, systems engineering, and rigorous design engineering processes gained from years of experience in airborne radar on this program. The flight test results show how that experience is making a difference,” Marchese said.
The SAR mode demonstration closely followed the first flight in which AESA radar functions were tested using the Real Beam Map (RBM) mode. Ongoing RBM flight tests have already achieved preliminary tactical utility stage. Flight testing continues through 2003.
Raytheon Company's Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) designs, develops and manufactures advanced systems for precision engagement; missile defense; and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., SAS has 11,000 employees and additional facilities in Goleta, Calif.; Forest, Miss.; Dallas, McKinney and Plano, Texas; and several international locations.
Raytheon Company, with 2002 sales of $16.8 billion, is an industry leader in defense, government and commercial electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs more than 76,000 people worldwide.