The Russian military announced the destruction of an advanced anti-aircraft radar AN/TPQ-64 complex transferred by the United States to Ukraine. Currently, Kiev and Washington have not commented on the information.
Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense on May 14, said that the Russian military destroyed much modern equipment and weapons of the Ukrainian armed forces, among them having advanced anti-aircraft radar. America transferred to Kiev.
“In the settlements of Lepetikha and Lozovoye in the Mykolaiv region, the advanced US-made AN/TQP-64 anti-aircraft radar and a radar station for the S-300 air defense system of the Ukrainian army were destroyed,” the general said. Konashenkov said.
The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman also confirmed that the contract raids with the participation of Russian tactical aviation forces, missiles, and artillery had caused great damage to the enemy. In addition, four missile and artillery ammunition depots and Uragan’s multiple rocket launcher complexes of the Ukrainian army were removed from combat in the Donetsk, Izyum, and Kharkiv regions. At the end of June, many sources from Washington DC reported that the US had begun to transfer to Ukraine AN/TPQ-64 counter-reflection radar systems.
The counter-response radars are part of a $100 million military aid plan, including 18 155mm howitzers, 18 military trucks, and three anti-aircraft radar systems, which the United States provides to Kiev. The AN/TPQ-64 counter-reflection radar was successfully developed in the late 1990s, they are an upgraded version of the AN/TPQ-36 counter-reflection radar.
The weapon system was developed by the Hughes Aircraft Company and manufactured by defense contractors Northrop Grumman and Thales Raytheon Systems. The AN/MPQ-64 is an air defense radar designed and equipped by the US Thales Raytheon Systems Corporation in the early 2000s. This system is responsible for detecting, tracking, identifying, and classifying enemy targets.
This includes helicopters, fighters, cruise missiles, artillery positions, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The AN/TPQ-64 radar was equipped with outstanding technologies at that time such as the ability to scan 3D using the X-band and the ability to determine the firing position and ballistics of the enemy artillery. This radar can also give parameters to increase the accuracy of counterattacks quickly. The optimal range of the AN/TPQ-64 radar can be up to 120km.
The AN/TPQ-64 radar systems, after being put into operation, have enhanced the capabilities of Ukrainian artillery against the superior firepower of the Russian army. However, some argue that counter-reaction radar systems are outdated and cannot be as effective as new reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).