Lockheed Martin has received two production contracts worth $391 million (€294 million) for the manufacture of 33 AN/TPQ-53 indirect fire locating radars. These contracts also include the provision of spare parts, testing equipment and training materials.
The AN/TPQ-53 has been in service in the Afghan and Iraqi theatres since the autumn of 2010. Lockheed Martin won a contract for an initial twelve radars in July 2008, and then a subsequent contract for an additional 20 systems in April 2010.
According to official literature released by the US Army, the AN/TPQ-53 is intended to operate with the US Army’s Counter Rocket Artillery and Mortar (CRAM) system, and its evolving Indirect Fire Protection Capability.
The radar will replace the Northrop Grumman/ThalesRaytheonSystems AN/TPQ-36 and AN/TPQ-37 Firefinder weapons locating radar deployed with US Army Brigade Combat Teams and field artillery Fires Brigades.