Despite Drawdown, Iraq-based Troops Receiving New Radar
The EQ-36 counterfire target acquisition radar, previously untested in a warzone, is designed to identify indirect fires from weapons such as mortars and rockets and to pinpoint the location of those who fired them. It is also an example of a program that had its acquisition timeline sped up in order to make a more immediate impact on the current wars.
A platoon in the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division in support of Operation New Dawn has set up the radar at an undisclosed location in Iraq, according to anArmy story posted on the Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System website.
The Army, along with contractor Lockheed Martin, began work on a new version of the radar in 2006. In 2008, the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, N.J, gave the contractor’s Syracuse, N.Y.-based radar systems division $84 million to accelerate the production of the newly developed radar and deliver 12 systems. A follow-on order in April called for the production of 17 more radars, a Lockheed Martin press release states.
The story — posted on an Army administered website that provides media services for U.S. Central Command — was the first public acknowledgment that the new radars had reached the field.