SYRACUSE, N.Y., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Additional counter-fire target acquisition radars are to be produced by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Army.
The contract for the seven AN/TPQ-53 (Q-53) systems, which provide 360-degree protection from threats, is worth $85 million.
"Soldiers can rapidly deploy the truck-mounted Q-53 and quickly determine the source of enemy fire," said Bob Stelmack, Q-53 program manager for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training. "The 55 systems Lockheed Martin has delivered to the U.S. Army give troops proven, advanced protection when they need it most."
The system, developed by Lockheed Martin, can be automatically leveled and remotely operated at 90- or 360-degrees and operated from a laptop computer or from the fully equipped climate-controlled command vehicle.
Lockheed Martin has won a contracts for 97 systems so far and last June was tapped to upgrade 19 of the 55 systems already delivered to accommodate new technical advances.