AN/TPQ-53 Radar System
The solid-state phased array AN/TPQ-53 radar system, or, Q-53, detects, classifies, tracks and determines the location of enemy indirect fire in either 360 or 90 degree modes. The Q-53 is replacing the aging AN/TPQ-36 and AN/TPQ-37 medium-range radars in the U.S. Army’s inventory. Compared to the Q-36 and Q-37, the Q-53 provides enhanced performance, including greater mobility, increased reliability and supportability, lower life-cycle cost, and reduced crew size.
The Q-53’s active electronically scanned array (AESA) provides the foundation for multi-mission capabilities. The Q-53 has demonstrated the ability to identify and track unmanned aerial systems (UAS), showing the capacity to incorporate air surveillance simultaneously with counter target acquisition in a single sensor.
In 2017, the U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin an order-dependent contract for additional Q-53 systems. Since Lockheed Martin won the development contract for the Q-53 radar in 2007, the company has won five additional contracts for a total of more than 100 radar systems. With this full-rate production contract award, the Army's complement of Q-53 radar systems will total more than 170.
successfully deployed in combat since 2010
The Q-53 radar system uses a software controlled active electronically scanned array (AESA) architecture, which allows rapid field modifications to support multiple critical missions such as counterfire target acquisition (CTA), counter UAS and manned aircraft surveillance, as well as short range air defense (SHORAD).
The Q-53 supports counter-insurgency missions as well as high intensity combat operations. The system is highly mobile on the battlefield; it can be set up in five minutes, taken down in two minutes and supports two-man operation. The Q-53 is the first in and last out.
The Q-53 has operated successfully in combat since 2010. Soldiers can use 90 or 360 degree modes for detection of mortars, rockets and artillery. Compared to the Q-36 and Q-37 systems, the Q-53 provides significant cost, footprint, and manpower reduction.
Hands on with the Q-53
All Q-53 radars go through rigorous testing at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona before the U.S. Army accepts them for service.
Lockheed Martin can provide onsite demonstration of the system’s capabilities to potential international customers at Yuma. These hands-on events include technical briefings and live-fire operations.
Learn more about arranging a Q-53 demonstration by requesting more information below.
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Q-53 IN THE NEWS
Lockheed Expanding Counterfire Radar to Meet U.S. Army’s Capability Gaps
Defense News, April 24, 2017
Lockheed Pushes Q-53 Radar for Air Defense
Breaking Defense, April 24, 2017
Army Taps Vendor to Add C-UAS Capability to Q-53 Radar
Inside Defense, Nov. 25, 2016
Q-53 Radar Upgrade Counters Drone Strikes
Defense Systems, Nov. 18, 2016
Fort Bragg artillery brigade first to use advanced counter-fire radar system
Fayetteville Observer, Nov 2, 2016