AESA radar on B-52 bombers will get upgrade from Raytheon

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Raytheon will design, develop, produce, and sustain active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar systems for the entire U.S. Air Force B-52 fleet.

The Air Force’s fleet of Boeing B-52 bombers -- which first entered service in the 1950s -- is getting this radar upgrade, say Raytheon officials, in order to ensure that the B-52 force continues to be mission-ready through 2050 and beyond. The upgrade, according to Raytheon information, will add improved mapping and detection range, an increase in the number of targets it can simultaneously engage, and enhanced reliability due to updated systems and operating software.

Low rate initial production is scheduled to begin in 2024, Raytheon officials say.