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Raytheon has secured two separate subcontracts for the supply of APG-63(V)3 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars and contractor logistics support services to the US Air Force (USAF).

Awarded by Boeing, the first contract covers supply of sixth production lot of APG-63(V)3 AESA radar modification kits and spares for installation onboard the USAF and Air National Guard’s (ANG) F-15C aircraft.

The latest award forms part of an original contract secured by the company for the F-15C upgrade programme in 2007.

Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems business Tactical Airborne Systems vice president Mark Kula said the company has been a partner on the F-15 for more than 40 years.

According to Raytheon, the all-weather, multi-mode radar APG-63(V)3 is designed to provide the F-15C fleet with extended range, enhanced tracking and precision engagement capabilities, while also offering warfighters a substantial edge during combat.

Over 46 radar systems and spares have been delivered to date by Raytheon since the original contract was awarded.

APG-63(V)3 is designed to provide the F-15C fleet with extended range, enhanced tracking and precision engagement capabilities.

Under the second sub-contract, the company will supply contractor logistics support to the ground station (GCS) elements of USAF’s Northrop Grumman-built RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) fleet.

Specifically, on-site field support services will be provided for mission control, launch and recovery operations, as well as testing and maintenance of the ground segment to ensure availability of the Global Hawk GCS, deployed and operating at Beale Air Force Base (AFB) in California, and Grand Forks AFB in North Dakota, US.

Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services business Global Hawk Ground Segment programme manager Bob Busey said: "As the original developer and producer of the Global Hawk ground station, Raytheon is providing affordable sustainment solutions that drive down cost while providing continued mission success of the Global Hawk system."

RQ-4 Global Hawk contractor logistics support work will continue until September 2014, while delivery scheduled for the first contract remains undisclosed.

Image: USAF’s F-15C Eagle aircraft taking off from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, US. Photo: US Air Force photo bySteven White/Released.

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