AN/APG-63

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Raytheon AN/APG-63 is an all-weather multimode radar which was developed by Hughes Aircraft for the US Air Force. Used in the F-15 Eagle air superiority fighter, the AN/APG-63 is capable of detecting and tracking aircraft and small high-speed targets at distances beyond visual range down to close range, and at altitudes down to treetop level. Presently manufactured by Raytheon, the AN/APG-63 is an X-band pulse-doppler radar designed for both air-air and air-ground missions with the capability of looking up at high-flying targets and down at low-flying targets without being confused by ground clutter. The radar feeds target information into the aircraft's central computer for effective weapons delivery. For close-in dogfights, the radar automatically acquires enemy aircraft and projects this information onto the cockpit head-up display.
 
The latest variant of this radar is the AN/APG-63(V)3, which provides powerful, adaptable radar technology, proven performance, and tactical flexibility that F-15 pilots can rely on. It is the newest member of Raytheon’s F-15 radar family which continues a tradition of innovative, highly reliable technology. Superior situational awareness is a key benefit of this all-weather, multimode radar. Other benefits include multi-role capability, long-term support, and easy future growth options. Raytheon’s F-15 radar growth plan provides a smooth transition from one product upgrade to another. The APG-63(V)1 seamlessly integrates the APG-63(V)3’s AESA components with minimal downtime. The APG-63(V)3 provides for similarly easy future transition.