The Lightweight Counter-Mortar Radar (LCMR), was developed by SRC, Inc. for the United States Special Operations Command. Element 6 Composites developed, prototyped and manufactures the load bearing carbon fiber building structure for the SRC’s LCMR. We have manufactured these load bearing carbon fiber building structures for every AN/TPQ-48/49 produced. These systems are deployed world-wide in the global war against terrorism.

The LCMR system detects and locates mortar firing positions automatically by detecting and tracking the mortar shell and then backtracking to the weapon position. The LCMR system provides continuous 360-degree surveillance using an electronically scanned antenna. When a mortar is detected, the carbon fiber radar system sends a warning message indicating a round is incoming. After sufficient data is collected to enable an accurate weapon location, the weapon’s location is reported.


SRC, Inc., formerly Syracuse Research Corporation, and Lockheed Martin are developing a uniquely flexible tactical carbon fiber radar system for the U.S. Army to meet the needs of modern highly mobile forces. The future Army, with a smaller and more mobile force, will face a global array of threats and operational environments. The soldier will need systems with increased capabilities, flexibility, and mobility. The prototype Multi-Mission carbon fiber Radar system (MMR) will provide the U.S. Army with a fully operational system capable of demonstrating the benefits of a multi-mission radar across the full operational spectrum while augmenting and/or replacing existing systems.

Partnered with SRC Inc., Element 6 designed and built the radome, a carbon fiber radar system for the CECOM MMR ATO radar that ultimately became the prototype for the enhanced AN/TPQ-36 (EQ-36).


Protecting borders and high value assets is of increasing importance as threats become more technologically advanced. The application of unobtrusive and smart technology to monitor the airspace is essential to protect against non-traditional threats, such as remotely controlled aircraft not easily detected by current air surveillance systems.

The LSTAR® system, SRC, Inc., and SRCTec’s lightweight surveillance and target acquisition radar, is strategically designed to fill critical gaps in air surveillance. Its unique 3-D and 360 degree electronic scanning capability enables detection and tracking of the toughest targets, including low altitude, slow flying small aircraft.

Supporting SRC’s air surveillance efforts, Element 6 designed and fabricated the radome, a carbon fiber radar system for SRC’s LSTAR radar that is used in permanent installations.

To learn more about how Element 6 Composites uses carbon fiber in radar systems, please contact us. We’re happy to discuss more technical details. If you’re interested in a project and would like to discuss your idea, we’re more than happy to listen. We look forward to being of service.