US to deliver three additional AN/TPQ-36 counter-artillery radars to Ukraine

According to information released by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) on May 6, 2022, the U.S. Department of Defense announces the authorization of a Presidential Drawdown of security assistance for Ukraine valued at up to an additional $150 million. This authorization is the ninth drawdown of equipment from U.S. DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021.
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An AN/TPQ-36 weapons locating radar, part of the FireFinder radar system, of the 161st Target Acquisition Battery of the Kansas National Guard is positioned at the international airport. (Picture source U.S. DoD)

This new military aid for Ukraine includes 25,000 155mm artillery rounds, three AN/TPQ-36 counter-artillery radars, electronic jamming equipment, field equipment and spare parts.

The United States will continue to use its available tools to help Ukraine defend itself. The United States has now committed approximately $4.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden Administration, including approximately $3.8 billion since the beginning of Russia’s unprovoked invasion on February 24. Since 2014, the United States has committed more than $6.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine.

The United States also continues to work with its allies and partners to identify and provide Ukraine with additional capabilities to defend itself.

In 2015, the first two AN/TPQ-36 counter-artillery radars were delivered by the United States to Ukraine. In March 2022, five were delivered by the Netherlands and 10 by the United States to support Ukrainian armed forces in its fight against Russian troops.

The AN/TPQ-36 is an American-made counter artillery radar designed to rapidly and automatically locates medium-range enemy mortars, artillery, and rocket launchers. It can handle simultaneous fire from weapons at multiple locations, detecting and reporting their positions on the first round. No longer must front-line troops and armor be exposed to long periods of enemy mortar, artillery, and rocket attacks. The AN/TPQ-36 directs accurate counter-fire to neutralize enemy positions.

Compact and highly mobile, the AN/TPQ-36 supports rapid deployment of forces and close combat. It can be positioned and ready for operation in 15 minutes. It can be readied for movement in 5 minutes by a five-man crew. It has an effective detection range of 18 km for artillery shells and 24 km for rockets.

The AN/TPQ-36 can detect and report the positions of up to 10 different weapons in seconds, at a maximum range of 24 km. The system also corrects and improves the delivery of friendly fire.