ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland – U.S. Army air defense experts are asking engineers from SRCTec LLC in Syracuse, NY, to build Light Counter Mortar Radar (LCMR) systems for Ukraine to help defend Ukrainian fighters against rocket, artillery and mortar (RAM) attacks.
Army Contracts Command officials at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., announced a $12.1 million order from SRCTec in late September for UKR/TPQ-50 radar systems as part of Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative.
SRCTec’s LCMR family of counterfire radars provide 360 degree surveillance and 3D localization of rockets, artillery and mortars using an electronically steered non-rotating antenna.
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The SRCTec LCMR family includes the AN/TPQ-49 and AN/TPQ-50 models. The TPQ-50 is the official program for the military, while the TPQ-49 is designed for expeditionary forces, according to company officials.
Radar systems detect and track several different shells fired from separate locations and send early warning messages that a shell is coming. The radar also identifies the location of the incoming round’s launcher for counterfire from friendly artillery, mortars, or aircraft.
Both systems are designed to cover 360 degrees over an area of almost 200 square miles. Systems can be adapted to cover narrower areas at longer distances, if required.
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The LCMR AN/TPQ-50 L-band radar system detects incoming RAM from low-quadrant elevations and provides more accurate point-of-origin calculation from greater ranges than its predecessors. The radar has a range of nearly 10 miles, can be transported and used on a vehicle such as an HMMWV, or quickly set up in rough terrain by mounting it on a tripod.
The LCMR AN/TPQ-49 radar can be assembled or disassembled by two soldiers in 20 minutes. It mounts to a tripod using lightweight antenna hardware. The relatively small system consumes little main power, making it suitable for discrete operation.
On this contract amendment, SRCTec will perform the work in Syracuse, NY, and is expected to be completed by June 2023. For more information, contact SRCTec online at www.srcinc.com/about/companies/srctec .html, or the Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen at https://acc.army.mil/contractingcenters/acc-apg/.