Raytheon Advanced Combat Radar (RACR)

Revolutionary AESA Technology:

Raytheon remains at the forefront of the radar revolution for a reason: decades of nonstop innovation have put us there.

Now, our new fighter aircraft radar — RACR — distills the best of our AESA family into a compact package of advanced multimode capability. Lightweight and powerful, RACR is a formidable force for aircrew survivability and mission success. RACR gives our warfighters decisive tactical advantages:

  • Higher resolution and longer standoff range
  • 5 to 10 times more operational availability than MSA radars
  • Simultaneous detect, identify and track multiple air and surface targets

It all adds up to performance that saves lives.

Already built and test-flown on the F-16, RACR is unassailable proof that for retrofitting radars on fighter aircraft platforms, Raytheon has no peer.


Compact, lightweight and scalable, RACR is suitable for F-16, F/A-18 and other aircraft. It gives pilots critical tactical advantages in today's net-centric battlespace

Compact, lightweight and scalable, RACR is suitable for F-16, F/A-18 and other aircraft. It gives pilots critical tactical advantages in today's net-centric battlespace.

RACR builds upon Raytheon's experience in fielding advanced air-to-air and air-to-surface multimode AESA radars selected for the F/A-18, EA-18G and F-15 platforms. It provides superior operational performance and can be tailored to any fighter platform's size, space, weight and radome requirements.

After completing development in a record 24 months, a series of flight trials were successfully completed on a U.S. Air Force F-16 at Edwards Air Force, Base, Calif. These demonstration flights highlighted the multirole capabilities RACR can offer for an operational edge, including a range of air-to-air and air-to-surface modes.

Multirole Capabilities Provide Superior Operational Performance

  • Interoperability with coalition forces
  • Extended detection range
  • Improved multitarget tracking
  • Enhanced precision engagement
  • Simultaneous air-to-air and air-to-surface operations
  • Advanced electronic warfare, communications and data sharing capability

Drop-in Convenience

Raytheon's flexible, modular approach combines proven systems and innovative enhancements to speed delivery of the right solution for a variety of fighter aircraft.

We designed the form-fitted RACR as a drop-in upgrade for the F-16 and F/A-18s to minimize aircraft modification time and aircrew transition training. This advanced, nonintrusive radar leverages our active production lines, ensuring the fastest delivery and the lowest possible cost.

Low Risk Enhancements

Our AESA radar family's continuing evolution ensures obsolescence protection, making state-of-the art radar performance enhancements available at low risk for decades to come.

RACR extends an AESA solution to an expanded F-16 and F/A-18 worldwide fleet the advantages offered by our existing F-15, F/A-18 and EA-18G radars. In addition, Raytheon offers proven ability to scale or customize radar systems for multiple combat aircraft platforms, both domestic and international.

This AESA radar solution has been designed, built, and matured from concept through F-16 flight demonstration to ensure Raytheon can support any customer delivery time frames for new or retrofit aircraft requirements.


  • Scalable for operation on multiple platforms
  • Demonstrated state-of-the-art fighter radar performance
  • Designed for "plug and play" installation
  • Cost efficiencies from active production lines
  • Field-proven reliability and maintainability
  • Reduced life cycle costs
  • Designed to support the easy insertion of future technologies

The Future of Fighter Aircraft

Combining RACR with Raytheon's electronic warfare capabilities and airborne processors forms an integrated sensor suite that gives pilots unsurpassed tactical advantages.

Raytheon's level of proven, operational AESA capability and mission support is unmatched. Whatever the task, pilots and aircrews can rely on RACR for optimal mission assurance.