President Petro Poroshenko took part in the ceremony of receiving U.S. radar stations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. US submitted radar complexes AN/TPQ-36 and AN/TPQ-49 to Ukraine. The Head of State expressed gratitude to the U.S. for providing military.
According to the President, the draft U.S. Defense Budget 2016 provides for the allocation of USD 330 million for the enhancement of defense capacity of Ukraine and in the US Congress continues its consideration of the draft law on additional allocation of Ukraine $ 500 million more.
The Head of State noted that “It is the most modern counterbattery station, the name of which is already well learned in the Ukrainian army. Today counterbattery station – station-effective – really help Ukrainian troops to defend the homeland “, – said the President.
AN/TPQ-36 and AN/TPQ-49 counterbattery radar stations were conveyed in the framework of the program of military-technical cooperation with the United States. Respective agreement on the supply of stations was achieved at the meeting between President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and President of the United States Barack Obama in New York in September 2015.
Ukraine received 14 class radar AN / TPQ-49 and AN / TPQ-36 Firefinder radar.
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.
Hughes AN/TPQ-36 Firefinder Weapon Locating System is a mobile radar system developed by Hughes Aircraft Company and manufactured by Northrop Grumman and ThalesRaytheonSystems. The system is a “weapon-locating radar”, designed to detect and track incoming artillery and rocket fire to determine the point of origin for counterbattery fire. It is currently in service at battalion and higher levels in the United States Army, United States Marine Corps and Australian Army. Also Turkish Army and Portugal are among the users.
The radar is typically trailer mounted and towed by a Humvee.