Trust Automation has received a contract from Lockheed Martin for the supply of additional vehicle automation systems for the AN/TPQ-53 (Q-53) counterfire target acquisition radar systems.
The order represents the overall third contract manufacturing contract for the system, after the two limited rate initial production (LRIP) contracts awarded by Lockheed following successful demonstration of their capabilities on earlier development platforms of the EQ-36 system.
The motion control systems delivered under the contract are designed to automatically level the vehicle that hosts the radar, and then raise and rotate the counterfire radar.
Trust Automation Business Development vice-president Craig von Ilten said the company specialises in production motion control solutions for complicated systems that are required to perform in extreme climate and environmental conditions.
"Trust Automation is honored to participate in creating advanced technologies that benefit our military," Ilten said.
Previously designated as the EQ-36, the AN/TPQ-53 is a quick reaction capability (QRC) mobile radar system designed to detect, classify and track in-flight projectiles fired from mortar, artillery and rocket systems using a 90° or continuous 360° sector search.
With improved operational and physical functionality compared to existing AN/TPQ 36 radars systems, the radar provides target location of threat indirect fire systems with sufficient accuracy, enabling more effective detection and counter-battery actions in the battlefield.
Mounted on a 5t truck, the solid-state phased array radar can be rapidly deployed, automatically levelled and remotely controlled with a laptop computer or from a fully equipped climate-controlled command vehicle.
The Q-53 systems have been deployed by the US Army during combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The contract's value and additional details, including the number of systems ordered and delivery schedule, remain undisclosed.