Raytheon has delivered its active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar system to the Air Force, which means the service can begin the final phase of developmental flight testing once Boeing integrates the radar on an F-15C fighter. A company statement says the last phase involves multiple flight tests to ensure the radar meets all requirements. This latest AESA version offers “unparalleled targeting, tracking and enhanced situational awareness capabilities,” according to the statement.
In a nighttime ceremony contrived to continue concealment of many of its features, the new B-21 bomber rolled out of Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, Calif. plant Dec. 2. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the aircraft's advanced technology represents "deterrence, the American way."