A modernized version of the AN/TPQ-37 Firefinder fire locating radar has been fielded in Iraq, supporting and protecting U.S. troops and allies. The upgraded Firefinders are scheduled to be deployed into Afghanistan in the coming months. The radar are precise detection and location systems designed to find enemy artillery, mortar and rocket firing positions. The radar also predicts impact zones and transmits data to friendly forces, allowing time for effective counter-fire tactics.

In service with the U.S. Army since 1976, this Weapon Locating Radar system went through a series of enhancements, improving reliability and maintainability to support an extended service life with reduced life-cycle costs. The most recent Reliability Maintainability Improvement (RMI) program introduces a new modular, air-cooled transmitter, a new operations control shelter; and a new common radar processor.

The RMI program applied across the U.S. Army’s entire fleet of AN/TPQ-37 Firefinder systems is already 40% underway, with final deliveries in two years. It is conducted by the system manufacturer RaytheonThalesSystems, in conjunction with Tobyhanna Army Depot. According to the company, nearly 400 Firefinders are currently deployed by 18 nations worldwide.

AN/TPQ-37 artillery fire location radars modernized under the RMI program are now deployed in Iraq and are scheduled for deployment in Afghanistan this year. The upgrade will keep these systems operational at least until 2018.
Recommended Posts