EQ-36 Radar Receives Aviation Week Honor
New Lockheed Martin 360-degree radar protects troops from rockets, mortars and artillery; two other programs recognized
Just 45 months after the Army awarded Lockheed Martin a development contract for the new EQ-36 360 degree radar, the first operational unit began deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Lockheed Martin’s Enhanced AN/TPQ-36 (EQ-36) Counterfire Target Acquisition Radar program received a Program Excellence Award from Aviation Week during the publication’s Aerospace and Defense Programs conference in Phoenix Oct. 25.
The EQ-36 program was honored for research and development and system design and development in the sub-system category. EQ-36 was also recognized for its best practices in leadership.
”Our soldiers in theater face the threat of rocket and mortar attack from random directions nearly every day,” said Lee Flake, EQ-36 program director. “The EQ-36 radar can detect, classify, track and locate the source of enemy indirect fire in either 360- or 90-degree modes, giving our soldiers a level of early warning and protection they haven’t had before. From day one, this program has always been about the soldier.”
The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin a development contract in January 2007 and quickly began receiving urgent requests from in-theater for the system’s 360-degree protection capability.
Based on early successes from its January 2007 development contract, the U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin an accelerated contract for 12 initial production EQ-36 systems in July 2008 followed by another order for 20 systems under an April 2010 contract.
Just 45 months after the development contract award, operational EQ-36 radars began deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan. In all, 14 EQ-36 radars have been delivered to the Army and so far 10 systems have been deployed in theater. Lockheed Martin is producing an additional 18 systems for the Army.
Lockheed Martin’s A-10 Annual Suite process and the Maritime Helicopter Support Company (MHSCo – a joint venture with Sikorsky) programs also were nominated for Performance Excellence awards and recognized for best practices.
Lockheed Martin will soon turn over the A-10 annual suite fielding process to the Air Force as required by the new Defense Authorization Act. The Air Force has requested Lockheed Martin’s assistance in ensuring the program’s continued success by supporting the transition and sharing its best practices and lessons learned over the past 14 years as an integral teammate. The streamlined annual delivery of software provided capabilities to A-10C pilots and maintainers on a predictable schedule, demonstrating Lockheed Martin’s commitment to delivering on time and on schedule.
In December, MHSCO was awarded the largest Navy performance-based logistics contract, in large part because of the work done by government and industry to create an innovative contract structure that saved everyone (including the taxpayer) money. . MHSCo worked closely with the Navy to drive down costs while improving maintenance support of the H-60 fleet.