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Currently, forward area air defense, Air and Missile Defense Workstation, Wireless Audio Visual Emergency Systems, lightweight countermortar radar, and of course, Land-based Phalanx Weapon System compose the System of Systems organic to C-RAM.
Quite frankly, counter-rocket and countermortar are the threats that are affecting our troops downrange today.
Today's CAS environment in Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom uses many new terms, such as armed overwatch/ top cover, opportune surveillance; air presence; air effects; nontraditional intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (NTISR, also known as nonstandard ISR); aerial reconnaissance; counter-improvised explosive devices (C-IED); countermortar, counterrocket, counter-indirect fares (C-IDF); countersmuggling; counterinsurgency; positive identification; FMV, precision-guided munitions; low collateral damage estimate weapons; show of presence; show of force; and ROVER.
To conduct countermortar TUAV operations, the maneuver element supported must provide the following:
These next generation radar products will be used to support battlefield countermortar (Firefinder) systems.
The Q-48 Light-weight Countermortar Radar, the most predominant counter-indirect fire sensor, is an indispensible asset against counter-indirect fire due to its mobility, low cost and upgrades to improve an already combat-tested system.
Such systems included 120-mm mortars, five lightweight countermortar radars (LCMRs), Firefinder radars and the hostile artillery locator.
While discussing weaponry, the countermortar radar section cannot be overlooked.