Army seeks help adding C-UAS surveillance to AN/TPQ-53 radar system
On August 18, the U.S. Army posted a sources sought notice for Quick Reaction Capability (QRC) to add Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS) Surveillance to the AN/TPQ-53 Radar System (Solicitation Number: W56KGY-16-R-0053). Responses are due no later than 2:00pm EDT on September 2.
The Government is issuing this sources sought announcement (SSA) to assess industry’s ability to satisfy a critical and urgent operational requirement to design, develop, integrate, and test a C-UAS capability being added to up to ten of the existing AN/TPQ-53 radar platform. This capability will enable the existing AN/TPQ-53 to detect, track and identify UAS threats. This additional capability must not degrade the existing AN/TPQ-53 counterfire target acquisition capability and must be fully integrated to the existing AN/TPQ-53 platform without increasing operational manpower requirements.
The AN/TPQ-53 is a highly mobile radar set that automatically detects, classifies, tracks, and locates the point of origin of projectiles fired from mortar, artillery, and rocket systems with sufficient accuracy for first round fire for effect. It is deployable as part of the Counter-Rocket Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) system of systems (SoS) to provide a sense and warn capability for fixed and semi-fixed sites. The AN/TPQ-53 provides a net ready system with increased range and accuracy throughout a 90 degree search sector (stare mode) as well as 360 degree coverage (rotating) for locating mortar, artillery and rocket firing positions. The AN/TPQ-53 mission essential capability meets the dimensional requirements of the C-130 and is transportable by C-17 aircraft with battlefield mobility provided by the family of medium tactical vehicle (FMTV) to support full spectrum operations.
The AN/TPQ-53 is designated as a key system to detect, track and ultimately identify UASs. The contractor must provide a fully integrated capability on an existing AN/TPQ-53 system.
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