Iraq seeks Firefinder radars from US

30 July 2012 (Last Updated July 30th, 2012 03:45)

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified US Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) to Iraq of 12 Firefinder radars and associated equipment.

AN/TPQ-37 radar

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified US Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) to Iraq of 12 Firefinder radars and associated equipment.

Under the estimated $428m sale, Iraq has requested the supply of six AN/TPQ-36(V)11 Firefinder radar systems, six AN/TPQ-37(V)9 Firefinder radars, three meteorological measuring sets, 86 AN/VRC-92 export variant single channel ground and airborne radio systems.

The package also includes 12 advanced field artillery tactical data systems, three improved position and azimuth determining systems, 63 M1152A1s and three M1151A1 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs), as well as 12 M1083A1 Medium Tactical Utility Vehicles.

In addition, Iraq's requests include government furnished equipment, common hardware and software, communication support equipment, tools and test equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical data, as well as logistical support services.

The Firefinder radars are expected to boost the Iraqi Army's basic defence capabilities, and also increase survivability of the country's forces against indirect fire attacks by providing data that will be useful in responding to such attacks.

"The Firefinder radars are expected to boost the Iraqi Army's basic defence capabilities, and also increase survivability of the country's forces against indirect fire attacks.”

The potential sale will also contribute to the foreign policy and national security of US by directly helping enhance security of the Iraqi Government.

Prime contractors for the programme include Thales Raytheon Systems (TRS), Smith-Detection Technologies, ITT Corporation, Raytheon and L-3 Communications.

Manufactured by TRS, the AN/TPQ-37(V)9 Firefinder is a long-range, trailer-mounted radar designed to detect and track incoming rocket, artillery and mortar fire, enabling friendly forces to quickly and accurately return precision fire.

The AN/TPQ-36 Firefinder is a mobile radar, capable of providing soldiers with the ability to detect, classify, track and determine the location of enemy indirect fire in either 90° or 360° modes.


Image: An AN/TPQ-37 radar stationed near Glamoc in Bosnia-Herzegovina during Operation Joint Endeavour. Photo: courtesy of SPC Glenn W Suggs, US Army.