The US Army has received the first Non-Recurring Engineering Enhanced AN/TPQ-36 Counterfire Target Acquisition (EQ-36) radar system from Lockheed Martin.

A live-fire performance testing of the radar system was conducted at the army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. The radar was verified against indirect fire from mortars, artillery and rockets.

The army’s Programme Executive Office, Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors initially awarded Lockheed a $120m design and development contract for five systems.

Lockheed’s Radar Systems business vice-president Carl Bannar said, “We’ve listened carefully to the US Army and understand the urgent need to field EQ-36 to protect soldiers currently in the theatre”.

The EQ-36 radar systems will replace the aging TPQ-36 and TPQ-37 medium-range radars.