Rise of the AESA

Reuben F. Johnson | 10/06/2020

Active electronically scanning array (AESA) radars have become core equipment for fighter jets over the last two decades. Thales in France  was an early developer of the technology with its passive RBE2 radar designed for the Rafale jet. Above is a model of the Thales RBE2 AA radar, the AESA variant of the system, at the Defendory exhibition in Greece in 2006, not long after it was rolled out for the first time Two decades ago, Raytheon became the second company to field an active...
 

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