30 Juni 2009

Australian Army's Weapon Locating Radar Enter Service

29 Juni 2009
The AN/TPQ-36 allows the ADF to locate enemy mortars, guns and rockets (photo : Australian Defence)

The project to upgrade the Australian army's Weapon Locating Radar has been announced a success after the radar achieved initial operational capability.

Four of seven upgraded Weapon Locating Radars (AN/TPQ-36) have been delivered by prime contractor Raytheon; with the first subset of the capability system proven suitable and effective for operational employment.

Speaking at a ceremony at 20th Surveillance and Target Acquisition Regiment at Enoggera Barracks in Brisbane to mark the success of the project, Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, said, 'the Australian AN/TPQ-36 Weapon Locating Radar capability provides the Australian Defence Force with the ability to locate enemy mortars, guns and rockets, enabling early warning for ground forces.

''The radar operates by using technology to identify the firing paths of enemy shells and rockets and from this data determine the enemy firing points, with up to ten locations able to be determined simultaneously.'

The AN/TPQ-36 radar is highly mobile and sophisticated radar set capable of detecting weapon projectiles launched at any angle within selected 90-degree azimuth sectors over 360 degrees of coverage.

The AN/TPQ-36 can locate simultaneous and volley-fire weapons. It is currently in service in the US Army and the US Marine Corps.The Weapon Locating Radars are being upgraded under Project Land 58 Phase 3 to extend their service life to 2015.

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