SRCTec announced the delivery of the 400th AN/TPQ-50 LCMR (Lightweight Counter-Mortar Radar) counterfire radar system to the U.S. Army.
These radars are deployed around the world, providing continuous 3-D, 360-degree surveillance for early warning and location of rocket, artillery and mortar (RAM) threats to protect U.S. Army troops and our allies.
“Over the past five years, hundreds of employees have worked relentlessly to deliver these life-saving systems to our warfighters,” said Mary Pat Hartnett, president of SRCTec. “We appreciate the great partnership with the Army and look forward to continued support of our soldiers for many years.”
The AN/TPQ-50 is a U.S. Army Program of Record that provides early warning for indirect fire and counterfire target acquisition support. The system has proven to be exceptionally effective at providing early warning and location of rocket and mortar threats facing the warfighter.
The AN/TPQ-50 is part of the LCMR family of radars that SRC produces for counterfire missions. The system detects incoming RAM from low quadrant elevations. It also provides a more accurate point of origin calculation from greater distances than previous models, resulting in a more precise counterfire response.
The system weighs less than 500 pounds and stands less than seven feet tall. The radar’s light weight and small size allows for vehicle mounted transportability and operation, or rapid emplacement in challenging terrain by installing it on a tripod.
Once RAM or improvised munitions are detected, the radar sends an early warning message indicating a round is incoming. It then gathers enough data to accurately locate the point of origin to within 50 meters from more than
10 kilometers away. This information is reported back to an integrated command and control station or short range air defense system (SHORAD) for a counterfire response.
• Operating frequency: L-Band
• Detection range: 15 km, depending on weapon type and trajectory
• Point of origin accuracy: 50 m at 10 km
• Azimuth coverage: 360°
• Elevation coverage: 0 – 30°
• System weight: < 227 kg / 500 lb
• System size: 40 in/102cm diameter by 85 in/216cm high (adjustable)
• Power requirements: 1,200 W, 110/240 VAC 50/60 Hz, 24 VDC