The U.S. government has cleared Raytheon Company to sell the Coyote Block 2 counter-drone weapon to approved allied nations as part of the Howler counter-drone system.
In 2019, the U.S. Army deployed Howler, a combination of the Ku-band Radio Frequency System and Coyote Block 1, into the battlefield.
The high-speed, highly manoeuvrable Block 2 is designed to use Raytheon’s KuRFS multi-mission radar as its fire control source.
The Coyote Block 2 counter-drone weapon and KuRFS radar worked together to detect and engage a target in a recent test over the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.
Sam Deneke, VP for land warfare systems at Raytheon, said: “Delivering this enhanced version of the combat-proven Coyote strengthens our allies’ defenses against enemy drones. Block 2 is fast, effective and protects troops on the battlefield.”
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 as well as other aerial threats.
Bryan Rosselli, VP of Raytheon mission systems and sensors, said: “The KuRFS radar gives 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.”
Raytheon expects to achieve full-rate production of Coyote Block 2 in 2020.