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Second-Generation Transceivers For the CF's LCMR Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar
Caadian American Strategic Review ^ | May 2010

Posted on 05/10/2010 3:05:43 AM PDT by Clive

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Second-Generation Transceivers For the CF's LCMR Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar  –  MERX Notice of Proposed Procurement
The Lightweight  Counter Mortar Radar  is part of  DND's ISTAR counter-IED sub-project. Two LCMR were deployed to Kandahar in 2006, along with its sound ranging counterpart, HALO (Hostile Artillery Locator). HALO (by SELEX/Finmeccanica) proved rather limited (being a direction only system) but the LCMR can track an in-coming round 30° in elevation while giving 360° coverage. This NPP is to provide the CF LCMR with new transceivers compatible with Tactical Fiber Optic Cable Assemblies. The NPP emphasizes TFOCA-II but this really only means that replacement transceiver sets must mate with second-generation military cable connectors. (TFOCA stands for a Tactical Fiber Optic Cable Assembly ruggedized for military use.)

LCMR shares its task with HALO and the Persistent Surveillance System (PSS mounts electro-optical sensors on masts or tethered balloons) The US Army calls this C-RAM or 'Counter-Rocket, Artillery, and Mortars' and designates LCMR as their AN/TPQ-48. Two TPQ-48 updates are in the works to improve both processing time and accuracy.

The LCMR system consists of  a cylinderical  phased-array made up of 24 antenna columns. A radar beam is formed by combining eight antenna columns. Switching columns gives the LCMR  360° coverage without needing  to rotate the set. The LCMR has an effective range of  between 1 and 6.5 km when detecting mortar rounds (and similarly-sized rockets). The LCMR was developed by SRCTec (Syracuse Research Corporation ) back in 1999 as a light, air-droppable artillery warning radar system suitable for use by US Special Forces. ________________________________________

Fiber Optic TFOCA II Transceiver For [LCMR] Light-
weight Counter Mortar Radar  –  MERX  NPP  Notice

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Reference Numbers              PW-$$QF-029-19892
Solicitation Numbers           W8476-102073/A
Organization Name               Public Works and Government Services Canada
                                                 Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada
Source ID                               FD.DP.QC.10077.C2
Associated Components     Yes

Dates

Published     2010-03-26
Revised        2010-04-26
Closing         2010-05-21  02:00 PM  Eastern Standard Time  EST

Details

Category     Communications, Detection and Fibre Optics
GSINS          N6030: FIBER OPTIC DEVICES
Region of Delivery            Quebec
Region of Opportunity     —
Agreement Type                NONE
Tender Type                       Notice of  Proposed Procurement (NPP)
Estimated Value                  —
Solicitation Method           —

Notice Description

Fiber Optic TFOCA II Transceiver For Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar

Trade Agreement: NONE
Tendering Procedures: All interested suppliers may submit a bid
Attachment: None
Competitive Procurement Strategy: Lowest/Lower Bid
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No [...]

The Department of Defence has a requirement to have manufactured Fiber Optic Cable TFOCA II Transceivers as follows:

1) Qty 125 Complete Transceivers
2) Qty 70 Complete Fiber Optic Cables

Unit of Issue: Each

All items shall be DDP 25CFSD Montreal, Quebec. Delivery is requested within six months of contract award. Contract award will on the basis of lowest priced technically compliant bid.

This procurement falls within Federal Supply Classification FSC 6030 (Fiber Optic Devices).

Canada has invoked a National Security Exception (NSE) for this requirement in order to ensure the required equipment is delivered in a timely manner to support the current military efforts in theatre. As such, this requirement is exempt from the provisions of the Agreement on Internal Trade as per Article 1804, of the World Trade Organization - Agreement on Government Procurement as per Article XXIII(1), and from the North American Free Trade Agreement as per Article 1018(1).  [...]

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1 posted on 05/10/2010 3:05:43 AM PDT by Clive
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2 posted on 05/10/2010 3:07:01 AM PDT by Clive
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To: Clive

looks interesting


3 posted on 05/10/2010 3:29:48 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Always Right

Translating this article with its references to numerous acronyms.

This device uses a instantainious triggered radar sectored antenna array system that puts a dome of detection over a forward position that can warn of high angle incomming hostile ordinance and track it with near pinpoint accuacy (remains to be proven but probably) for return fire.

Great for exposed and known positions but not so much for concealed positions. Particularly if the opposing forces carry a simple hand held radar detector with them.

Sounds promising, depends on how big the thing is and and other factors including matainence and ease of operation


4 posted on 05/10/2010 5:27:17 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (Corps vs Corpse? Why naturally, Obama was talking about the White House Press Corpse.!)
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