Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: AN/TPS-59(V)3 and AN/TPS-59(V)3B
Origin: United States of America
Parent System: AN/TPS-59
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1982
Total Production: 17
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Description: The AN/TPS-59 is a lightweight, air-transportable, long-range, solid-state, L-band air surveillance radar system suitable for air defense systems. In 1992, the US Marine Corps awarded Lockheed-Martin a contract to develop a theater ballistic missile capable variant called the AN/TPS-59(V)3. The all solid-state new variant was completed in 1996 with 'live fire' tests at White Sands Missile Range.
The AN/TPS-59(V)3B radar system currently available is capable of detecting and tracking theater ballistic missiles and cruise missiles. Calculating the launch and impact point for the air defense missiles and cueing defensive missile batteries in support of successful intercepts. In addition, it can detect and track small air breathing targets such as aircraft and cruise missiles.
The AN/TPS-59(V)3 radar system is being offered to upgrade older Hawk air defense systems adding improved theater ballistic missile and cruise missile capabilities as well as multiple tracking capability. It can support the Patriot air defense system as well. It can be netted with other sensors for improved launch and impact point prediction, extended range capabilities, cooperative engagement and joint tactical information distribution. It is said that the -59(V)3B model can detect incoming ballistic missiles at ranges of up to 400 nautical miles (740 km) and 500,000 feet (152 km) in altitude.
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