Army locks on Lockheed for $881M radar contract

The Army Product Manager for Radars has awarded a contract valued at nearly $900 million to Lockheed Martin for the AN/TPQ-53 Firefinder Radar, the Army said in a press release March 1.

The award is a firm fixed-price contract for $881 million with the base year and two option years, which could yield up to 51 systems. The base year is for $166 million, the Army said.

All training and testing support is covered by the contract, the Army said.

The AN/TPQ-53, formerly referred to as the EQ 36, provides improved operational and physical functionality over existing AN/TPQ 36 radar systems, the service said, adding that the radar detects in-flight projectiles at greater ranges, and determines and communicates the firing point locations with a high degree of accuracy. It does this with a low false alarm rate and with an improved coverage pattern, and the capability allows for more effective detection and counter-battery actions, the service added.

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