Raytheon announced that its Advanced Combat Radar, or RACR, has completed a series of flight trials on an Air Force F-16 at Edwards AFB, Calif. The active electronically scanned array radar system executed a range of air-to-air and air-to-ground modes, stated the company. “Successfully flying RACR on an F-16 is another critical step in demonstrating how we’ve optimized our AESA technology for F-16 customers,” said Jim Hvizd, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems’ vice president for international business development. RACR is a company-funded project. The company said it completed the system’s development in 24 months. “Raytheon’s AESA technology brings unparalleled capability and reliability to the F-16 at an acquisition cost comparable to the old mechanically scanned radars,” said Brian MacDonald, RACR program manager. Northrop Grumman is also offering an AESA system for the F-16 called the Scaleable Agile Beam Radar.
A-10s Headed to CENTCOM to Bolster Air Force Presence
March 23, 2023
As the Air Force’s broader focus shifts to the Pacific and Europe, the U.S. military will rely on aging close air support aircraft to meet the needs of its forces in the Middle East. A-10 Thunderbolt IIs will deploy to the region in April, a U.S. official told Air &…