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Singapore acquires AN/TPQ-53 radar

28th August 2017 - 00:13 GMT | by Chen Chuanren in Singapore

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Singapore has finalised the acquisition of six Lockheed Martin AN/TPQ-53 counter-fire target acquisition radars after a deal was signed in April under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme. 

In October 2013 Singapore requested the 120º variant of the AN/TPQ-53(V), worth $179 million then.

Responding to a media query, Col Lim Wei Lian, chief systems integration officer, said, ‘The acquisition of the AN/TPQ-53 weapon locating radars is part of the Singapore Army’s ongoing modernisation efforts. The new radars will be operated by the Singapore Artillery and will enhance protection for our forces through better detection of hostile rocket, artillery and mortar firings.’ 

‘They will also be used to improve the accuracy of our artillery fires. The new AN/TPQ-53 radars will replace the TPQ-36 and TPQ-37 radar systems currently in use,’ he added.

The AN/TPQ-53 is capable of detecting hostile rocket, mortar and artillery fire at ranges of 20km when operating in 360º mode. In 90º mode, the stationary array is able to track mortar rounds at 20km, artillery at 34km and rockets at 60km. Upgraded air surveillance variants are also capable of tracking UAVs.

Singapore’s artillery commissioned the Elta Systems ELM-2311 tactical counter-rocket artillery and mortar (C-RAM) radar, known locally as the Safari, last October.

An artillery operator highlighted at the Army Open House in May that the new-generation C-RAM radar is able to detect projectiles in the early stages of trajectory, and thus give earlier warning. The army is utilising technology to enhance the survivability of soldiers in the field. 

The proliferation of multiple rocket launch systems and the increased threat of terrorism in the region has prompted the Singapore Armed Forces to protect one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Indonesian authorities foiled an attack by terrorists to launch a homemade rocket against Singapore in August 2016.

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