US Army orders $66.2 million spares

ThalesRaytheonSystems has been awarded $66.2 million to provide spare parts to support AN/TPQ-36 and AN/TPQ-37 Firefinder weapon locating radars in use with the US Army.

ThalesRaytheonSystems has been awarded a $66.2 million contract to provide spare parts to support AN/TPQ-36 and AN/TPQ-37 Firefinder weapon locating radars in use with the US Army.

The Firefinder contract provides for 3,500 deliverable spare parts covering more than 100 part types for both the medium and long range detection radars. Deliveries will begin in December 2004 and continue through to April 2008.

Raytheon said in a statement that due to the increased operational usage of the Firefinder radars, ThalesRaytheonSystems and CECOM (US Army Communications and Electronics Command) worked closely to bring this contract to fruition in a very short period of time.

Similarly, ThalesRaytheonSystems and its supplier base are said to have placed a high priority on this spare parts program to ensure the “Eyes of the Artillery” continue to meet the Army’s operational needs.

The TPQ-36 and TPQ-37 radars automatically detect, track and locate enemymortars, artillery and rocket launchers allowing allied forces to engage hostile targets accurately.

The TPQ-36 radar is specifically designed to counter medium range enemy weapon systems out to a range of 24 kilometres while the TPQ-37 can locate longer range systems, to include surface launched missiles, out to 50 kilometres.