ThalesRaytheonSystems modernizes advanced Firefinder radar systems supporting U.S. troops in theater

FULLERTON, Calif., 9 June 2011. ThalesRaytheonSystems’ upgraded AN/TPQ-37 Firefinder Weapon Locating Radar systems are fielded in theater, where they are supporting and protecting U.S. troops and allies. The Firefinder radars have been updated with reliability and maintainability improvements, supporting an extended service life with reduced life-cycle costs. Upgraded Firefinders are now fielded in Iraq, and scheduled to be deployed in Afghanistan in the coming months.

FULLERTON, Calif., 9 June 2011. ThalesRaytheonSystems’ upgraded AN/TPQ-37Firefinder Weapon Locating Radar systems are fielded in theater, where they are supporting and protecting U.S. troops and allies. The Firefinder radars have been updated with reliability and maintainability improvements, supporting an extended service life with reduced life-cycle costs. Upgraded Firefinders are now fielded in Iraq, and scheduled to be deployed in Afghanistan in the coming months.

ThalesRaytheonSystems is delivering the radars in conjunction with Tobyhanna Army Depot as part of the Reliability Maintainability Improvement (RMI) program. The modernized radars include: a new modular, air-cooled transmitter, a new Operations Control shelter, and a new, common radar processor applied across the U.S. Army's fleet of AN/TPQ-37 Firefinder systems. Forty percent of deliveries are now complete, with final delivery scheduled in early 2013.

"These RMI systems can be deployed with confidence for effective operations in challenging environmental conditions," says Kim Kerry, chief executive officer, ThalesRaytheonSystems, U.S. Operations. "The Firefinder modernization provides the U.S. Army and allies around the world with the capabilities needed for detection and troop protection."

Firefinders detection and location systems are designed to locate enemy artillery, mortar, and rocket firing positions, as well as to predict impact zones and transmit data to friendly forces.

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