The U.S. Army has confirmed the Howler counter unmanned aerial system achieved Initial Operational Capability, putting critical protection against drones in the hands of soldiers.
Howler, a name coined by the U.S. Army, combines the capabilities of Raytheon’s Ku band radio frequency system multi-mission simultaneous radar and Coyote unmanned aircraft system.
The KuRFS advanced electronically scanned array acquires and tracks all size UAS threats while Coyote works with KuRFS using its advanced seeker and warhead to identify and eliminate UAS threats.
Bryan Rosselli, vice president of mission systems and sensors, commented: “We developed and fielded this system in just 17 months. Detecting the drone threat is the first critical step in the counter-UAS kill chain. The combination of precise tracking and engagement of these two proven systems gives the U.S. Army a vital capability to defeat this constantly evolving threat.”
In addition to providing advanced situational awareness, precise discrimination and mobility to successfully counter UAS threats, Howler is expected to give the Army singular flexibility to adapt to the quickly changing, multidimensional threat environment.
Sam Deneke, Raytheon land warfare systems VP, added: “Test after test proves that our Coyote is an integral solution for defeating the growing number of enemy drones in the skies above the battlefield. Protecting soldiers on the ground is a top priority, and this new system truly delivers.”
Raytheon’s portfolio of sensors, and kinetic and non-kinetic effectors networked into a command and control system covers the full counter-UAS kill chain.