DESCRIPTION:

AN/TPQ-53 Counterfire Target Acquisition Radar is a new generation of counterfire sensor. The AN/TPQ-53 detects, classifies, tracks, determines the location of, and provides accurate, targetable data regarding enemy mortars, cannon and rockets in either 360- or 90-degree modes. It replaces the current AN/TPQ-36 and AN/TPQ-37 Firefinder
radar systems.

BENEFIT TO THE WARFIGHTER

Compared to current AN/TPQ-36 and AN/TPQ-37 Firefinder systems, AN/TPQ-53 offers enhanced performance, including greater mobility, increased reliability and supportability, lower lifecycle cost, reduced crew size, and the ability to track targets in a full-spectrum environment—a vital capability on today’s battlefield.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Mounts on the 5-ton Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles prime mover
  • Rapidly deployable to, and integrated into, the tactical battlefield with heavy, medium, light forces
  • Mobile, maneuverable, fully supportable, easily maintained
  • Target Acquisition Subsystem contains radar on a single prime mover and tows power generator; this package performs all essential missions of the Q-53 for short durations
  • Second prime mover carries operations control shelter, backup power generator and two additional Soldiers to provide sustained operations capability

PROGRAM STATUS

  • 2QFY13: Limited User Test
  • 1QFY14: Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (IOT&E)
  • 3QFY15: Successful IOT&E 2 Completion
4QFY15:
  • Retrofit 1 Contract Award
  • Full-Rate Production (FRP) Decision Review
  • Q-53 supporting Operation Inherent Resolve
  • Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 5 Contract Award
  • LRIP Contract Line Item Number 5002/5003 Contract Award
1QFY16:
  • U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command Operational Evaluation Report
  • Director Operational Test and Evaluation IOT&E Report
  • FRP Request for Proposal released
  • FRP Decision Memorandum signed

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

  • 2QFY16: Conditional Materiel Release of AN/TPQ-53
  • 3QFY16: Fielding of AN/TPQ-53 begins
  • 4QFY16: FRP Contract Award

FOREIGN MILITARY SALES

Singapore

CONTRACTORS

  • Lockheed Martin (Syracuse, NY)

PEO

PEO-MS