DESCRIPTION:

The AN/TPQ-50 Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar (LCMR) identifies indirect fire threats by providing the ability to rapidly locate rockets, artillery and mortar (RAM) firing positions automatically by detecting and tracking the shell and backtracking to the weapon position. The system provides observed fires (for friendly fires) and accurate “did hit” data of friendly fires, and detects and templates hostile locations.

BENEFIT TO THE WARFIGHTER

The AN/TPQ-50 provides continuous surveillance to indicate an incoming RAM round. The system consists of a laptop for man-machine interface and a radar processor with electronics housed inside a cylinder surrounded by antenna columns. It can be assembled and disassembled quickly by two Soldiers. The AN/TPQ-50 is a critical sensor to the Counter-Rocket, Artillery, Mortar (C-RAM) system of systems.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Provides continuous 360-degree battlefield surveillance coverage for mortars, artillery and rockets with an effective range out to 10 km
  • Can be operated in a stand-alone or vehicle-mounted configuration
  • Organic to Brigade Combat Teams and Fires Brigades
  • Deployable with Indirect Fire Protection Capability

PROGRAM STATUS

  • 3QFY13: Full Rate Production (FRP) Decision Review
  • 4QFY13: FRP Contract Award
  • 3QFY14: Initial Operational Capability
  • 1QFY15: First FRP systems fielded
  • 4QFY15: Two systems provided to support Special Operations Command Operational Needs Statement

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

  • 2QFY16: FRP Procurement of 39 AN/TPQ-50 systems
  • 3QFY16: Award of Research, Development, Test and Evaluation contract to develop enhanced Electronic Protect capability
  • 4QFY16: FRP Contract Extension Award
  • 3QFY17: Final procurement of 46 AN/TPQ-50 systems (for a total of 371 systems)
  • 4QFY17: Begin developmental testing on Pre-Planned Program Improvements upgrade (prototype) kits

FOREIGN MILITARY SALES

None

CONTRACTORS

  • SRCTec, LLC (North Syracuse, NY)

PEO

PEO-MS