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Army orders additional counterfire radars

Army orders additional counterfire radars

Aug. 27, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
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The AN/TPQ-53 radar system provides long-range counterfire target acquisition for mortars, rockets and cannon fire.
The AN/TPQ-53 radar system provides long-range counterfire target acquisition for mortars, rockets and cannon fire. (Army)
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Lockheed Martin will supply 19 additional AN/TPQ-53 counterfire radar systems to the Army under a contract valued at $206 million.

The 19 Q-53 radars are in addition to the 32 systems Lockheed has already delivered, with another 33 slated for delivery under a contract awarded in March 2012.

Mounted on a 5-ton truck, the Q-53 can be remotely deployed with a laptop or from a command vehicle. The system, which provides long-range counterfire target acquisition for incoming mortars, rockets and cannon fire, was deployed in 2010 to Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We have listened to feedback from our soldiers to ensure the system meets operational demands and is evolving to stay ahead of global threats,” said Lee Flake, program director for counterfire target acquisition radar programs at Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems & Training, in a company statement.

Work on the Q-53 radar contract will be performed at Lockheed Martin facilities in Syracuse, N.Y.; Moorestown, N.J.; Akron, Ohio; and Clearwater, Fla.

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