The solid-state phased array AN/TPQ-53 radar system or, “Q-53”, detects, classifies, tracks and determines the location of enemy indirect fire in either 360- or 90-degree modes. This sensor is replacing the aging AN/TPQ-36 and AN/TPQ-37 medium-range radars now in the Army’s inventory.
Mounted on a 5-ton FMTV prime mover, the Q-53 can be rapidly deployed and integrated into the tactical battlefield with heavy, medium and light forces. The Q-53 is mobile, maneuverable, fully supportable and easily maintained. A second prime mover carries an operations control shelter, backup power generator, and two additional soldiers to provide a sustained operations capability.
Compared to currently deployed systems, the Q-53 offers enhanced performance, including greater mobility, increased reliability and supportability, a lower life-cycle cost, reduced crew size, and the ability to track targets in a full-spectrum environment, a vital capability on today’s battlefield.
The Q-53’s active electronically scanned array (AESA) antenna also provides the ready foundation for multi-mission capabilities. At the recent U.S. Army Maneuver-Fires Integrated Experiment (MFIX) held at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, the Q-53 successfully demonstrated the ability to identify and track unmanned aerial systems (UAS) showing the capacity to incorporate air surveillance simultaneously with counter target acquisition in a single sensor.
With 104 units already under contract, Lockheed Martin is working with the U.S. Army for a full rate production award in FY 2016. Concurrently, the Q-53 team continues to provide demonstrations of the system’s capabilities for potential foreign customers.