domingo, 3 de septiembre de 2017

Singapur adquiere radar contrabatería

Singapore Acquires AN/TPQ-53 Counter-Fire Target Acquisition Radars

Singapore has acquired six Lockheed Martin AN/TPQ-53 counter-fire radar systems. Work on the systems is expected to be completed by March 2019 

The US government has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD63-million firm, fixed-price contract in support of a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) procurement effort of six AN/TPQ-53 counter-fire target acquisition radars destined for Singapore, according to federal contracting documents reviewed by Jane's on 21 August.

The contract – which was signed on 13 April 2017 – includes options that would bring the cumulative value of the order to USD81 million if exercised by the Singapore government. Work on the radar systems is expected to be completed by 13 March 2019, with the US Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG) in Maryland functioning as the contracting activity.

The AN/TPQ-53 is a solid-state, active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar system that operates in the S-band (2 GHz to 4 GHz) frequency range. The radar is designed to detect, classify, track, and determine the launch points of incoming artillery shells, mortar bombs, and rockets over a 90° sector or the full 360° azimuthal arc.

According to Jane's C4ISR & Mission Systems: Land , the AN/TPQ-53 is capable of detecting artillery shells at a maximum range of 34 km, mortar bombs up to 20 km, and rockets at up to 60 km when operating in the persistent surveillance sector scan mode – although the system can be switched almost instantaneously, with minimal degradation in tracking performance, to rotating mode for detecting all three types of incoming munitions at distances of up to 20 km.

The radar unit itself is 6.93 m long, 2.84 m wide,2.84 m tall, and weighs 8,889 kg. Operated by a four-person crew, it can be deployed within five minutes and taken down within two minutes.


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