Army orders additional counterfire radar systems from Lockheed Martin

SYRACUSE, N.Y. Lockheed Martin is set to manufacture additional AN/TPQ-53 counterfire radar systems for the U.S. Army under the terms of a recently signed $1.6 billion order-dependent contract.

The Q-53 radar system supports combat troops in the field by detecting, classifying, tracking, and identifying the location of enemy indirect fire; it can operate in either 360- or 90-degree mode. The highly mobile Q-53 radar can be adapted to provide both air surveillance and counterfire target acquisition in a single tactical sensor. The radar system has already demonstrated its multimission radar (MMR) capability in the battlefield by identifying and tracking aerial systems and passing that information to a command and control node, which is an important facet as the battlespace rapidly becomes more crowded with emerging air threats. In addition, the system can be set up in five minutes, can be disassembled in two minutes, and supports two-person operation.

Lockheed Martin finished work on the 100th Q-53 radar system for the Army in January and is manufacturing multiple Q-53 radar systems per month. Since Lockheed Martin won the development contract for the Q-53 radar in 2007, it has delivered on multiple contracts to deliver a total of more than 100 radar systems; 95 of these systems have been delivered to the Army.