US Air Force orders radar repairs

Raytheon has been awarded a contract with a potential value of $23 million to repair APG-70 radar units and modules for the US Air Force.

Raytheon has been awarded a contract with a potential value of $23 million, including options, to repair APG-70 radar units and modules.

The firm fixed-price indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity follow-on contract awarded by the US Air Force includes a $5 million, one-year base period and four one-year options.

The repairs, to be undertaken by Raytheon Technical Services Company (RTSC), will primarily be performed in Indianapolis, with some testing in El Segundo, California, Andover, Massachusetts, and Forest, Mississippi.

Raytheon’s APG-70 is a multi-mode radar with air-to-air and air-to-surface capabilities employed on a number F-15 aircraft.

One feature of the system is that after a sweep of a target area, the image on the screen can be frozen while the radar itself is turned off to avoid detection. The APG-70 can produce near photo quality images of the ground by using synthetic aperture radar technology.

So far, the APG-70 radar system has been modified for use on the US Special Operations Forces AC-130U Specter gunship, an air-to-ground platform equipped with a 105mm howitzer and 25mm and 40 mm cannons.

Future plans include an upgrade to the existing Raytheon Software Development Facility to support both the APQ-180 and APG-70 radar configurations.

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