A game changer.
At the time it was developed, there was no weapon locating radar in the world that could scan 360 degrees. There were only really big and expensive radars that could merely scan 90 degrees, leaving you blind to the other 270 degrees around you. And that's a big problem if you're being attacked by insurgents on the move, where the next round could come from any direction.
But SRC changed all of that by designing a truly unique radar that no other company could - the AN/TPQ-48. A radar that could not only scan a full 360 degrees, but do so electronically with no moving parts. A radar that weighed less than 120 pounds and could be set-up by two people in less than 20 minutes. A radar that provided the operator with early warning of an incoming rocket, artillery or mortar attack, location of impact, and then tracking back the origin of the indirect fire for a counterfire response.
There is no other weapon locating radar in the world as small, light, and affordable as the LCMR.
The LCMR AN/TPQ-49 and AN/TPQ-50 weapon locating radars evolved from the original AN/TPQ-48 design. These powerful and versatile radars can be configured for both expeditionary (tripod- and vehicle-mounted) operations and fixed site (rooftop- and tower-mounted) installations. They can be fitted with soft or hard shell covers to withstand the harshest weather conditions. And they can be loaded with alternate software to perform other missions, such as air surveillance and avian surveillance. With the AN/TPQ-50, you can even perform multiple missions (air surveillance and weapon location) simultaneously—another industry first.
Proven track record
The original LCMR AN/TPQ-48 counterfire radar was deployed by the Army in 2004 during the conflict in the Middle East when mortar attacks were a leading cause of casualties to U.S. soldiers. The impact LCMR had on the safety of our troops was felt immediately. Mortar casualties dropped significantly. Soon after, the radar was recognized as a U.S. Army “Top Ten Greatest Inventions Award." More than 800 systems have been fielded since that time.
Today, the LCMR radar continues to help protect the U.S. and its Allies across the world.