The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia has awarded SRC, Inc. a 5-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract with a ceiling of $93M. This contract is for the sustainment support and technology refresh of the USMC inventory of AN/TPQ-49 systems and procurement of new AN/TPQ-49A systems. The scope of work being performed includes system refresh kit installation, new system production, live fire testing, program management, initial/sustainment spares provisioning, new equipment training, technical manual production, and field service representative support.
The AN/TPQ-49 radar system is a current U.S. Marine Corps program of record and has proven to be effective at providing early warning and location of the rocket and mortar threats facing troops. The AN/TPQ-49 counterfire radar provides continuous 360 degree surveillance and 3-D RAM location
using a non-rotating, electronically steered antenna. Its full azimuth coverage allows it to simultaneously detect and track multiple rounds fired
from separate locations within a 315 square kilometer surveillance area. It can also be configured to scan less than 360 degrees, providing focused
sector coverage with more frequent update rates.
Once RAM is detected, the radar sends an early warning message indicating a round is incoming. After sufficient data is collected to enable an accurate point of origin, the weapon’s location is reported back to an integrated command and control station or short range air defense
system for a counterfire response. The radar can be assembled or disassembled quickly by two soldiers in 20 minutes. It mounts on a tripod
using lightweight antenna hardware, allowing for rapid emplacement and ease of relocation. It is small in size and consumes low prime
power, making it ideal for low profile operation. It can be deployed in challenging locations previously unavailable to traditional counterfire radars, making it an ideal solution for force protection at Forward Operating Bases.
SRC is planning to recruit people for more than 300 positions in 2019. These recruits will be for areas such as digital, systems and software engineering, integration/testing, field application support, as well as programme management. SRC Inc., formerly Syracuse Research Corporation, is an independent, not-for-profit research and development company that develops solutions for customers in the defense, environment and intelligence industries. SRC is chartered by the State of New York, with headquarters in North Syracuse, NY. The company develops advanced radar, electronic warfare, communications systems; and conducts intelligence consulting and engineering, environmental chemistry, toxicology, and risk assessment.