U.S. Air Force deployment in Okinawa active phased array radar switched F-15C fighter
deployed in Kadena Air Force Base, U.S. Air Force F-15C fighters
According to the French “Aerospace Defense” website recently reported] on November 4, U.S. companies Boeing and Raytheon respectively, announced that the U.S. Air Force has switched AN/APG-63 (V) 3 AESA radar the F-15C fighter aircraft deployed to Kadena Air Base (Kadena Air Base). One Boeing news release, the company and the U.S. Air Force officials had attended the October 21, Kadena Air Base in the first four machines at the arrival ceremony; the latest arrival to the U.S. Air Force F-15C No. 44, Fighter Squadron 67 has been fitted with AN/APG-63 (V) 1 mechanical scanning radar or AN/APG-63 (V) 2 AESA radar with F-15C fighters in the US-Japan security within the framework of the Treaty to provide air defense for Japan and the air combat capability.
Boeing officials said, AN/APG-63 (V) 3 radar has a good performance, maintainability and affordability, it makes F-15C/D fighter aircraft to maintain world-class level. The part of the reliability of the radar antenna than AN/APG-63 or AN/APG-63 (V) 1 antenna mechanical scanning has increased by 50 times. Raytheon said that the radar combines the company’s two other fighter jets airborne active phased array radar AN/APG-63 (V) 2 and AN/APG-79 (equipped F/A-18E/F 2 lots) components and technology to provide superior situational awareness. Stationed in Kadena Air Force 18th Fighter Wing commander 肯韦尔斯巴 Qizhun Jiang (Brig. Gen. Ken Wilsbac) claimed, AN/APG-63 (V) 3 is the “world’s most powerful airborne-to-air radar. ”
U.S. Air Force F-15C fleet dress AN/APG-63 (V) 3 radar is mainly in the United States, Virginia Langley Air Force Base. At present, 10 F-15C/D radar to complete the facelift of the work (including the recently arrived Dajia Kea to the four hands). U.S. Air Force awarded a contract by Boeing will be in the next 10 months to 45 F-15C/D fighter aircraft to the radar facelift, including 27 active-duty troops from the U.S. Air Force, 18 from the Air National Guard. According to plan, until September 2013, the U.S. Air Force Kadena Air Base will deploy up to 54 with active phased array radar with the F-15C/D.
for the F-15C/D facelift AN/APG-63 (V) 3 radar is the latest upgrade to improve the machine part of the plan, other improvements include the installation of fleet data links, dress navigation Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System and the installation of systems. These upgrades will ensure the F-15C/D to use the latest air to air missiles in the network-centric warfare environment, perform air combat missions. (China Aviation Industry Development Research Center of Zhang Yang)