U.S. Army Orders 17 Additional Lockheed Martin EQ-36 Counterfire Target Acquisition Radars
SYRACUSE, N.Y., 08/30/2010 --
The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] a contract to begin production of 17 additional Enhanced AN/TPQ-36 Counterfire Target Acquisition Radar systems, known as EQ-36.
The order accelerates the fielding of the new EQ-36 radar system, which can detect, classify, track and locate enemy indirect fire such as mortars, artillery and rockets in either 360- or 90-degree modes. The new systems will supplement the legacy AN/TPQ-36 and AN/TPQ-37 medium-range radars now in the Army's inventory.
Lockheed Martin has delivered seven EQ-36 systems to the Army after demonstrating the capabilities of each in successful live-fire field testing. The company is now producing two radars a month to meet Lockheed Martin's commitment to deliver EQ-36 systems to the Army under an earlier contract.
"From the start, the EQ-36 program has been about providing better protection to our soldiers who face a variety of threats daily," said Carl Bannar, vice president of Lockheed Martin's Radar Systems business. "Our team responded to the Army's desire to field the EQ-36 as quickly as possible and reduced by half the time typically required to develop a new radar."
Lockheed Martin delivered the Army's first two EQ-36 systems in July 2009, ahead of schedule and less than 30 months after the Army's Program Executive Office, Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors awarded the original design and development contract.
The EQ-36 team also includes SRC, of Syracuse, and Lockheed Martin's team in Moorestown, N.J.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 136,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation's 2009 sales from continuing operations were $44.5 billion.