EL SEGUNDO, Calif.–Raytheon’s El Segundo-based Space and Airborne Systems division was awarded a Boeing contract today for upgrading radar on F-15C fighter aircraft.

Under the contract, U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard planes will get “Active Electronically Scanned Array” radars, which are meant to enhance performance of the fighters. They are now equipped with mechanically scanned radar.

Delivery of the systems are set to start in the second quarter of 2011, according to Raytheon, which did not disclose terms of the contract.

With superior targeting and tracking capabilities, the APG-63(V)3 radars will enable aircrews to detect and identify targets well beyond the range of the existing systems, according to Raytheon.

“Our APG-63(V)3 AESA radars offer significant reliability and maintainability benefits, resulting in lower life-cycle costs,” said Steve Schwarzkopf, the F-15 program director for tactical airborne systems. “These systems are designed to give pilots the ultimate operational advantage and bring them home safely.”