AN/TPQ-53 is a counterfire target acquisition radar with counterfire sensors that identifies and tracks uav and drones

The AN/TPQ-53 radar system has a long, rich history protecting the U.S. Army for more than a decade. The Q-53 has proven experience detecting mortars, rockets and artillery and is responsible for keeping troops protected, ensuring a safe return home to their families. 

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 replaced the legacy 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 to deliver more than 200 radar systems.

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).
Rapidly Deployable

Rapidly Deployable

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.
Proven Performance

Proven Performance

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.

Latest News   ___
U.S. Army’s Q-53 Multi-Mission Radar Demonstrates Counter-UA
Oct 27, 2022
Press Release
The U.S. Army’s AN/TPQ-53 (Q-53) Multi-Mission Radar (MMR) successfully integrated with an Army command and control system and provided tracking data ...
The Future of Warfare: Digitization of the Q-53 Radar
Aug 09, 2021
For more than a decade, the AN/TPQ-53 radar has helped protect America’s soldiers around the world, including the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ahead of the Game: Sentinel A4 Radar Will Detect More Types of Threats, Sooner for U.S. Army Soldiers
Apr 01, 2021
Lockheed Martin Radar Achieves Milestones Months Ahead of Schedule, Meeting Army’s Rapid Modernization Needs
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