SRCTec provides 400th counterfire radar system to US Army

14 May 2019 (Last Updated May 14th, 2019 18:04)

SRC subsidiary and military electro-mechanical product manufacturer SRCTec has delivered the 400th AN/TPQ-50 Lightweight Counter-Mortar Radar (LCMR) counterfire radar system to the US Army.

SRCTec provides 400th counterfire radar system to US Army
SRCTec’s AN/TPQ-50 LCMR systems are being provided for continuous surveillance for early warning and location of rocket, artillery and mortar (RAM) threats. Credit: SRC, Inc / PR Newswire.

SRC subsidiary and military electro-mechanical product manufacturer SRCTec has delivered the 400th AN/TPQ-50 Lightweight Counter-Mortar Radar (LCMR) counterfire radar system to the US Army.

The radars are deployed around the world to protect US Army troops and allies by providing continuous surveillance for early warning and location of rocket, artillery and mortar (RAM) threats.

SRCTec president Mary Pat Hartnett said: “Over the past five years, hundreds of employees have worked relentlessly to deliver these life-saving systems to our warfighters.

“We appreciate the great partnership with the army and look forward to continued support of our soldiers for many years.”

LCMR systems use a non-rotating, electronically steered antenna to provide continuous 3D, 360° surveillance and 3D RAM location.

The radars feature a ‘track-while-scan’ capability, which enables simultaneous detection and tracking of multiple threats fired from separate locations.

“The network-ready systems can be easily integrated with the forward area air defence (FAAD) network and fulfil multiple missions simultaneously.”

On detecting a RAM threat, the radar sends an early warning message indicating that a round is incoming. It collects data to accurately determine the point of origin and reports back for a counterfire response from an integrated system.

LCMR systems have low lifecycle costs, require minimal maintenance, and are capable of unattended remote operation. They can be easily transported and rapidly deployed on a rooftop, tower, tripod or vehicles.

The network-ready systems can be easily integrated with the forward area air defence (FAAD) network and fulfil multiple missions simultaneously.

So far, the US and its allies have procured more than 1,000 LCMR systems.

In April, SRC was selected as a prime contractor on the Responsive Strategic Sourcing for Services (RS3) contract by the US Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

The $37.4bn indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity ten-year contract supports the US Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM).

In March, SRC won a $50bn SeaPort Next Generation (SeaPort-NxG) prime ten-year contract from the US Naval Surface Warfare Center.