Ribbon cut, Tobyhanna commences work on next-gen Army radar system
Tobyhanna Army Depot celebrated the official opening of its AN/TPQ-53 Counterfire Target Acquisition Radar line on September 22. (Photo Credit: Thomas Robbins) VIEW ORIGINAL

TOBYHANNA, Pa. — Soldiers won’t have to look hard to find the experts who can fix their life-saving radar systems.

Tobyhanna Army Depot celebrated the official opening of its AN/TPQ-53 Counterfire Target Acquisition Radar line on September 22. Joined by partners from Lockheed Martin, Product Manager Multi-Mission Surveillance Systems and the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command Integrated Logistics Support Center. Depot Commander Col. Daniel L. Horn presided over the ribbon-cutting ceremony, marking Tobyhanna’s reemergence as the Department of Defense’s leading radar repair facility.

The AN/TPQ-53 replaces the AN/TPQ-36/37 Firefinder, a legacy system for the Army. Like its predecessors, the AN/TPQ-53 aids troops by detecting, classifying, tracking and locating enemy attacks. It is a vital force protection asset for the U.S. military. In past years, the depot supported AN/TPQ-36/37 requirements for joint services as well as allies of the United States.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was the culmination of several years of hard work, according to James Dominick.

“Our team has worked extremely closely with our partners at Lockheed Martin to transition this workload as smoothly as possible,” he said, adding that the two organizations had been meeting monthly at Tobyhanna in recent months to share knowledge and provide artisans with hands-on training from subject matter experts. Dominick is a logistics management specialist in the depot’s strategic initiatives office.

Lt. Col. Marcella Duncan represented Product Manager Multi-Mission Surveillance Systems; the organization proactively funded depot facilitation efforts such as special test equipment and training — an effort Dominick says eased the workload’s transition.

Tobyhanna will support several levels of repair for the overall asset and expects to take on additional component-level workload in the coming year.

Dominick says the onboarding process for the radar systems is one for the books.

“The collaborative relationship between Tobyhanna, Lockheed Martin, [Product Manager Multi-Mission Surveillance Systems] and the [Integrated Logistics Support Center] has been tremendous. This approach should be the model for depot activation going forward.”

Nicole Dilorio, Deputy Director of the Integrated Logistic Support Center, agreed. “I am so proud of the work done by this team,” she said in her remarks at the ceremony.

The new workload is directly aligned with Tobyhanna’s long-range strategic plan. The plan, which focuses on posturing the depot to be competitive in the future, has lines of effort dedicated to expanding Tobyhanna’s portfolio through securing new workload and connecting with the community. The AN/TPQ-53 mission is a continuation of Tobyhanna’s outstanding support of military radar systems.

Tobyhanna Army Depot is a recognized leader in providing world-class logistics support for command, control, communication, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or C5ISR, systems across the Department of Defense. Tobyhanna’s corporate philosophy, dedicated work force and electronics expertise ensure the depot is the joint C5ISR provider of choice for all branches of the Armed Forces and industry partners.

Tobyhanna’s unparalleled capabilities include full-spectrum logistics support for sustainment, overhaul and repair, fabrication and manufacturing, engineering design and development, systems integration, post-production software support, technology insertion, modification, foreign military sales and global field support to our joint warfighters.

About 3,500 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, which is located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command. Headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, the command’s mission is to empower the Soldier with winning C5ISR capabilities.