AUSA 2015: U.S. Army Acquires 7 Additional AN/TPQ-53 Counterfire Target Acquisition Radars

AUSA 2015 news coverage report show daily visitors exhibitors Annual meeting defense exposition exhibition conference Association United States Army October Washington D.C.
AUSA 2015
U.S. Army Annual Meeting & Exposition
12 - 14 October 2015
Washington D.C., United States
Lockheed Martin AN/TPQ-53 at AUSA 2015
AUSA 2015: U.S. Army Acquires 7 Additional AN/TPQ-53 Counterfire Target Acquisition Radars
Army Recognition learned during AUSA 2015 that the U.S. Army has ordered seven more AN/TPQ-53 counterfire target acquisition radar from Lockheed Martin. The AN/TPQ-53 is a new generation of counterfire sensor with the flexibility to adapt to uncooperative adversaries and changing missions. Designed with unconventional battlefields and irregular warfare in mind, the radar can quickly locate and neutralize mortar and rocket threats.
Lockheed Martin ANTPQ-53 counterfire target acquisition radar AUSA 2015 AN/TPQ-53 radar system on Lockheed Martin stand at AUSA 2015
The solid-state phased array AN/TPQ-53 radar system or, “Q-53”, detects, classifies, tracks and determines the location of enemy indirect fire in either 360- or 90-degree modes. This innovative sensor is replacing the aging AN/TPQ-36 and AN/TPQ-37 medium-range radars now in the Army’s inventory.

Mounted on its 5-ton FMTV prime mover, the Q-53 can be rapidly deployed and integrated into the tactical battlefield with heavy, medium and light forces. The Q-53 is mobile, maneuverable, fully supportable and easily maintained. The Target Acquisition Subsystem contains the radar on a single prime mover and tows the power generator.  This package performs all essential missions of the Q-53 for short durations.  A second prime mover carries an operations control shelter, backup power generator, and two additional soldiers to provide a sustained operations capability.

Adapting to mission requirements, soldiers can operate the Q-53 remotely using a laptop computer or from the fully equipped climate-controlled shelter. The radar’s software enables it to interface directly with the Army Battle Command Systems. The Q-53 is also IFPC (Indirect Fire Protection Capability) compatible in countering rocket, artillery, and mortar attacks.

Compared to currently deployed systems, the new, battle-tested Q-53 offers enhanced performance, including greater mobility, increased reliability and supportability, a lower life-cycle cost, reduced crew size, and the ability to track targets in a full-spectrum environment, a vital capability on today’s battlefield.

Lockheed Martin is leveraging the inherent flexibility of the phased array architecture to develop mission enhancing capabilities and alternate mobility options to address an even broader set of future needs.