Lockheed Martin and Qorvo to Manufacture Radar Systems for the US Military

Q53 Radar

Lockheed Martin and Qorvo have been working together for the last decade to create trusted source microelectronics for the U.S. military’s top systems. One example is the AN/TPQ-53, or Q-53, counterfire radar. To date, more than 100 systems have been manufactured for the United States Army.

Developed as a replacement for the AN/TPQ-36 and AN/TPQ-37, the Q-53 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar detects, locates and classifies incoming rockets and mortars, allowing time for shelter and counterfire opportunities. The Q-53 is highly mobile and can be set up rapidly to provide counterfire target acquisition.

The Lockheed Martin-Qorvo team is manufacturing five MMICS used in the TR-module antenna phased array radar. The AN/TPQ-53 counterfire radar system consists of two vehicles. One truck, the Mission Essential Group, contains the radar antenna and power generator; the second truck, the Sustainment Group, carries the operations shelter and backup power generator.

To manufacture this secure, mobile technology, Qorvo’s in-house foundry — an MRL 9 facility — provides key partners, like Lockheed Martin, accreditation as a Category 1A "Trusted Source" supplier for the U.S. Department of Defense. The foundry products are manufactured with the same high-precision process controls that ensure NASA-trusted reliability and functionality.

Qorvo provides GaAs solutions for the Q-53's S-band solid-state phased array radar. They also provide the integrated assembly and highly-specialized packaging of RF components to support mission capabilities, from the amplifiers and gain blocks to attenuators and switches covering these bands.

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