Raytheon has received a multi-year contract worth $153m from the US Navy to manufacture 53 AN/APY-10 maritime, littoral and overland surveillance radars for its fleet of Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft.
Based on the previous AN/APS-137 radars, the new version offers accurate and actionable information for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, and for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
The new system features periscope detection mode, long-range detection and classification of maritime targets, and synthetic aperture for overland surveillance.
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems Business Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems vice-president Jerry Powlen said: "The AN/APY-10 is a product of nearly five decades of experience in developing and delivering innovative maritime and overland surveillance radars.
"We look forward to working with the US Navy to deliver this system now and into the future."
The AN/APY-10 is capable of operating under all weather conditions and also during day and night.
As an industry team member of the US Navy Boeing-led P-8A programme, Raytheon has already delivered 36 of 58 AN/APY-10 radars previously ordered by the US Navy.
The AN/APY-10 radar is fully integrated into Boeing’s mission control and display system for control, display and data distribution on the aircraft.
The P-8A is a long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft designed to ensure maximum interoperability in the future battle space. This aircraft is also capable of conducting broad-area maritime and littoral operations.
In December 2014, Boeing delivered the eighth P-8A Poseidon, completing all planned deliveries to the US Navy for the year .The company is now under contract for 53 P-8As.
Image: A P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Greg L Davis.