ThalesRaytheonSystems delivers first new AN/TPQ-46B radar to U.S. Marines

FULLERTON, Calif., 23 Nov. 2009. ThalesRaytheonSystems engineers delivered the first of 21 weapon locating radars to the U.S. Marine Corps to improve enemy fire detection and location.

Nov 23rd, 2009

FULLERTON, Calif., 23 Nov. 2009. ThalesRaytheonSystems engineers delivered the first of 21 weapon locating radars to the U.S. Marine Corps to improve enemy fire detection and location.

The lightweight, mobile AN/TPQ-46B radar is the U.S. Marine Corps' version of the U.S. Army AN/TPQ-36(V)10 radar. The radars are equipped with a (V)10 radar processor built by ThalesRaytheonSystems and are currently in high-rate production for the U.S. Army.

These additional radar systems will bring the total U.S. Marine Corps' inventory to nearly 50 systems, supporting the recent force size build-up from 175,000 to 202,000 Marines. More than 250 AN/TPQ-36 radars are currently in use by the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, and 14 foreign countries worldwide.

"There is nothing more critical than the ability to target and counter threats on the battlefield," says Kim Kerry, chief executive officer of ThalesRaytheonSystems, U.S. Operations. "This technology is vital for the Marine Corps' tactical capabilities as the force continues to grow."

The AN/TPQ-46B radar automatically locates short- and medium-range enemy mortars, artillery and rocket launchers, enabling friendly forces to return fire.

Work under the Marine Corps' radar contract is being performed at Raytheon's Forest, Miss., production facility through October 2010 and includes ten spare antenna arrays for the U.S. Army.

Formed eight years ago, ThalesRaytheonSystems is an international company specializing in air defense systems, command and control systems, 3D air defense radars, battlefield, and counter-battery radars. The company is equally owned by Raytheon and Thales.

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