Raytheon supplying AESA radar for South Korean jets

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Jan. 24 (UPI) -- South Korea has become the first international customer for Raytheon's F-16 ALR-69A active electronically scanned array radar.

The system, which spreads signal emissions over a broad band of frequencies, will be supplied by the company as a sub-contractor to BAE Systems, which is upgrading South Korea's fleet of more than 130 KF-16C/D Block 52 aircraft.


The AESA radar is part of an integrated upgrade solution for the F-16 that includes electronic warfare, mission computing technologies and weapon systems integration.

"South Korea's competitive selection of our RACR last year gave us an important foothold in the international F-16 upgrade market," said Jim Hvizd, vice president of International Strategy and Business Development for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. "The addition of our EW and mission computing expertise and our weapon systems integration will provide the Republic of Korea with an operationally superior solution that will keep their KF-16s relevant for years to come."

Raytheon's has upgraded U.S. F-15C, F-15E, F/A-18E/F and EA-18G Growler aircraft with its AESA radars.

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