ThalesRaytheonSystems delivers first AN/TPQ-46B to US Marines


ThalesRaytheonSystems has delivered the first of 21 weapon locating radars to the US Marine Corps to improve enemy fire detection and location.

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

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

These additional radar systems will bring the total U.S. Marine Corps’ inventory to almost 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 US Army, US Marine Corps and 14 foreign countries worldwide.

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