Lockheed Martin has announced that the US Army’s AN/TPQ-53 (Q-53) multi-mission radar (MMR) has successfully conducted a counter-uncrewed aerial system (C-UAS) mission demonstration.

The latest demonstration was conducted in Yuma, Arizona, US.

It involved the integration of the rapidly deployable radar with the US Army’s Forward Area Air Defense command and control (FAAD C2) system.

Following this integration, the Q-53 radar and FAAD C2 system acted as the primary fire control source and provided tracking data to launch the Coyote Block 2 C-UAS defeat system.

Lockheed Martin Army Radars programme director David Kenneweg said: “The Q-53 radar has a long history of exceeding Army requirements and adapting to their evolving missions.

“This recent testing milestone reflects our ongoing commitment to enhance and upgrade the system capability.

“The Army’s Q-53 MMR can enhance air surveillance capabilities and integrate with C2 systems and broader weapon systems, enabling soldiers to detect threats and make decisions faster.”

The US Army is making continuous efforts to assess and expand the use of this high reliability radar to counter multiple future threats.

The latest test was conducted as part of the same efforts to provide capability enhancements to this radar system.

The initial contract for strengthening the Q-53 radar’s future capability was awarded to Lockheed Martin in 2019 and a follow-on contract was awarded in July 2021.

Major enhancements provided under this contract include support for long-range precision fire and missile defence operations.

The Lockheed Martin-built Q-53 radar is primarily used for conducting various counter-UAS missions.

Apart from defeating enemy UAS, the radar system can also be deployed to detect, classify, track, and find the location of opponent indirect fire, including rockets, artillery, and mortars.