Boeing has received F-15E Radar Modernization Program (RMP) approval from the US Air Force (USAF), to start low-rate initial production 2 (LRIP 2) of APG-82(V)1 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar systems.
LRIP 2 covers the production of ten radars and follows the Milestone C authorisation received by Boeing in September 2011 for the development of six systems under LRIP 1.
Boeing F-15 programme vice president Roger Besancenez said: ”With the F-15E RMP, Boeing is providing new technology and improved system reliability to ensure the air force has all the capability necessary to achieve total air-to-air and air-to-ground dominance well into the future.”
The RMP represents the latest modification for the F-15E Strike Eagle fleet and is currently undergoing a comprehensive 14-month, 110-sortie flight test programme at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.
Boeing and AESA radar supplier, Raytheon, are conducting data reduction analysis throughout the test phase to validate the compatibility of system’s performance with rigorous specifications.
USAF’s approval for production of 17 units under LRIP 3 is expected in early 2013, while installation of AESA radars on the aircraft will take place in the third quarter of 2013, according to Boeing.
The RMP APG-82(V) 1 is an advanced AESA radar, designed for integration into the F-15E fighter’s weapons system, to help improve detection and tracking of enemy targets.
Developed to replace the aircraft’s existing APG-70 mechanically scanned array radar, the APG-82(V) 1 will also offer improved radar reliability, maintainability and performance, while lowering support costs.
Additional supplies under the RMP include a wideband radome, modified environment control system, as well as modified radio frequency tunable filters to enable simultaneous operation of the radar and electronic warfare system.
Image: A USAF’s F-15E Strike Eagle conducting flight over Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath. Photo: courtesy of Jetijones.