Popular MESA radar can trace its origin back nearly two decades

US-based aerospace systems prime Northrop Grumman’s MESA radar is making waves as the premier sensor of the E-7 Wedgetail aircraft, a type soon to be acquired by the UK, but its origins lie in an idea from the turn of the millennium

It was the plane that never was. In 2003, a triumvirate of Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon received a development contract from the US Department of Defense (DOD) to develop what would become known as the E-10 MC2A (Multi-Sensor Command and Control Aircraft).

E-7A Wedgetail aircraft
Northrop Grumman’s MESA radar is a prominent feature on the E-7A Wedgetail aircraft. Staff Sgt. John Linzmeier

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