U.S. Army to employ Raytheon UAS and radar for counter-UAS missions

WALTHAM, Mass. Raytheon will supply the U.S. Army with its Coyote unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and KRFS (Ku-band radio frequency system) radar to help the Army counter the escalating threat of enemy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the skies above the battlefield.

According to documents, the Coyote-enabled system uses an advanced seeker and warhead to identify and eliminate threat UASs when paired with an advanced electronically scanned array (AESA) KRFS , which acquires and tracks all sizes of threats. The KRFS multimission radar can be used for rocket, artillery and mortar, sense and warn, and counter-UAS mission capabilities.

The tube-launched Coyote system -- which can be deployed from the ground, air, or ship -- can be flown individually or netted together in swarms and aimed at use in a variety of missions including surveillance, , and strike.

Raytheon is currently finalizing development of advanced Coyote variants that will fly faster and farther; due to an urgent operational need, the Army is expected to use Coyote as a counter-UAS solution before the end of 2018.

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