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Navy contracts for APG-79 radars

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., May 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has contracted Raytheon to integrate its next-generation electronically scanned array radars into the Super Hornet aircraft.

U.S. company Raytheon received the contract from the Naval Air Systems Command in Maryland. Under the $54 million deal, Raytheon will retrofit the Navy's Super Hornet block II aircraft with its APG-79 radar systems.

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Raytheon says the APG-79 active electronically scanned array radar units will replace the Super Hornet's current APG-73 radars.

"Raytheon's reliable, high-performance radar systems provide an affordable means for fleets to optimize fighter capabilities," Tom Kennedy, Raytheon Tactical Airborne Systems vice president, said in a statement.

"The added reliability and maintainability of the APG-79 result in lower life-cycle costs and enhanced capabilities for the Navy."

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