By Senior Airman Malissa Armstrong, 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — The 391st Fighter Squadron demonstrated a new advancement to its systems for the first time at RED FLAG-Alaska 17-3 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 31st – August 11, 2017.
“This is the first time we’re going to showcase in an operational squadron the APG-82s, so our newest radar,” said Lt. Col. Robert Olvis, 391st Fighter Squadron commander. “It’s an (Active Electronically Scanned Array) Radar, 6.5 billion dollar investment in the F15-E and the 391st Gunfighters are the first to showcase that in an operational squadron.”
This radar allows the F-15E Strike Eagle to detect, identify and track multiple air and surface targets simultaneously.
“(With) Mountain Home, in particular the Strike Eagle, it’s been fantastic,” said Lt. Col. Matthew Warner, 80th Fighter Squadron operation deputy commander. “They’ve done some upgrades to the Strike Eagle which allow us over the data link to be able to communicate with them a little bit better (has) been pretty cool.”
The APG-82 AESA radar is designed to offer adaptability to changing targets and builds off the multirole-mission capability of the F-15E Strike Eagle.
“It allows the Strike Eagles to continue to do what they’re designed to do,” said Capt Zachary Zimmerman, 391st Fighter Squadron weapons system officer. “To fight our way in, drop precision ordinance and fight our way out in a high-density, near-peer air-to-air and air-to-ground threat environment.”
The APG-82 AESA radar allows the F-15E Strike Eagle to bridge the gap between the fourth and fifth generation fighting force. It can better integrate allowing the entire force to become more effective in combat.