Army upgrading counter-battery radar

Aug. 31, 2012 at 12:52 PM

FULLERTON, Calif., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A $44.9 million contract has been given by the U.S. Army to ThalesRaytheonSystems to upgrade a key component in the Improved AN/TPQ-37 range finder radar.

Under the award, the company will provide modification kits and spares to upgrade the counter-battery radar system's Receiver Exciter, which produces the signal transmitted from the radar antenna and conditions the received signal for processing within the radar's computer system.

"The REX upgrade represents the latest enhancement to the Improved Firefinder radar," said Kim Kerry, chief executive officer, ThalesRaytheonSystems, U.S. operations.

"The extensive improvements and enhancements, including the REX, make the Improved AN/TPQ-37 an essentially new system, while retaining its vast history and combat proven credentials."

The kits and spares will be delivered to the Army by next July.

ThalesRaytheonSystems said its REX upgrade kits for the Improved AN/TPQ-37 are available as a field or depot retrofit. They are also can be integrated into new production radars.

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