The AN/TPS-63 is a Marine Corp tactical 2D military air surveillance radar. This L-band Search Radar provides input to the Tactical Air Operations Module (TAOM) used by the Marine Air Control Squadron. The AN/TPS-63 is a transportable radar system used by the Marine Corps for detection of small, low-flying aircraft. It operates in the 1250-1350 MHz band. Improvements have been made to this radar since 1987. AN/TPS-63B is a two-dimensional, medium-range, medium altitude, transportable radar system which is doctrinally employed as a tactical gap-filler or as an early warning system for early deployment into the operational area. It has a 360-degree air surveillance capability at a range of 160 miles and complements the co-employed AN/TPS-59(V)3 three-dimensional, long-range, air surveillance radar system.
The Marine Corps Systems Command entered into a Sole Source contract with Westinghouse Electric Corporation, for one (1) Upgrade Kit, Part No. 3D64248G01, integrated into a AN/TPS-63 Radar System. The Upgrade Kit includes a Solid State Transmitter (SSTX), Frequency Agility (FA), and associated parts and materials designed to correct current reliability and maintainability deficiencies found in the existing transmitter and associated circuitry. In addition to the Upgrade Kit, training, interim spare parts, and red-lined changes to the Westinghouse-produced drawings and technical manuals will be procured. The Marine Corps requires delivery of the upgraded radar system by June 1997.
The Low Altitude Surveillance System (LASS) balloon made by TCOM (Columbia, MD) uses a version of the AN/TPS-63 L-band gap-filler radar.
The Short/Medium Range Air Defense Radar will develop engineering change proposals related to improved system performance with the specific purpose of meeting increased fleet operational requirements. AN/TPS-63 modifications and system improvements will be researched and analyzed to determine which complement existing components to preclude an expensive USMC investment in solid-state radar technology.
When G/ATOR Increment IV becomes operational, it will replace and consolidate numerous legacy radars, including the AN/TPS-63 air surveillance radar.
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