South Korea picks RACR radar for F-16 upgrade

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South Korea has selected the Raytheon Advanced Combat Radar (RACR) to upgrade its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16C/D combat aircraft.

"This win ensures the Republic of Korea's KF-16 combat aircraft remain relevant in a constantly evolving threat environment and builds on our legacy of providing enhanced combat capabilities for global allied forces," says Rick Yuse, president of Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems.

Once the US government gives the go-ahead, Raytheon will deliver 134 of the active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar systems to South Korea. Deliveries are expected to start in late 2016, after the company completes development work on the radar.

Seoul's selection of the Raytheon sensor as part of an upgrade to its Block 52-standard F-16s is significant because the company's radars have not traditionally been used on the type. However, the company's radars are found on the Boeing F-15C, F-15E and F/A-18 fighters.

Northrop Grumman had also been offering an AESA sensor called the Scalable Agile Beam Radar.