The US government has cleared Raytheon to sell its Coyote® Block 2 counter-drone weapon to approved allied nations as part of the Howler counter-drone system.
CAPTION: The Coyote Block 2 counter-drone weapon and KuRFS radar worked together to detect and engage a target in a recent test over the US Army Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona. US Army photo.
In 2019, the US Army deployed Howler, a combination of the Ku-band Radio Frequency System and Coyote Block 1, into the battlefield.
The high-speed, highly maneuverable Block 2 is designed to use Raytheon’s KuRFS multi-mission radar as its fire-control source.
Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice president Sam Deneke said delivering this enhanced version of the combat-proven Coyote would strengthen allies’ defenses against enemy drones.
“Block 2 is fast, effective and protects troops on the battlefield,” Mr Deneke said.
Raytheon recently completed developmental, operational and customer acceptance testing on the Coyote Block 2 variant.
Powered by a jet engine, the new weapon can be launched from the ground to destroy drones and other aerial threats.
Vice president of Raytheon Mission Systems and Sensors Bryan Rosselli said the KuRFS radar would give soldiers unprecedented vision of individual drones.
“The ability to quickly and clearly detect, track and discriminate the threat leads to positive identification, and makes the Coyote all the more precise in its ability to intercept drones,” Mr Rosselli said.
Raytheon expects to achieve full-rate production of Coyote Block 2 this year.