22 January 2015
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is reportedly planning to install a new advanced radar system in its fleet of Boeing-built F-15I Strike Eagle aircraft in the coming years.
Raytheon's APG-82(V)1 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar is likely to be the sensor that will be integrated into IAF's F-15I fighters to enhance its capabilities, as reported by Flightglobal.
The F-15I uses the APG-70I radar; its terrain mapping capability can locate targets difficult to spot while under adverse weather conditions. The radar can detect large airliner-sized targets at 150 nautical miles, and fighter-sized targets at 56 nautical miles, it has a reduced resolution one-third below the standard USAF APG-70.
The AN/APG-82(V)1 combines the processor of the APG-79 used on the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet with the antenna of the APG-63(V)3 AESA being fitted on the F-15C. The new radar also includes a new cooling system and Radio Frequency Tunable Filters (RFTF). RFTF is designed to enable the F-15E radar and the electronic warfare hardware (jamming) to operate simultaneously without degrading each other. The new radar is to be used in the F-15E Radar Modernization Program (RMP). In 2009, the proposed APG-63(V)4 radar was designated APG-82(V)1.