​Raytheon Demonstrated Counter-Drone Capability of its Coyote Block 2+ Drone (video)

Coyote Block 2+ drone launch (Picture source Raytheon video screenshot)
Coyote Block 2+ drone launch (Picture source Raytheon video screenshot)

Raytheon Technologies in partnership with the U.S. Army’s Integrated Fires and Rapid Capabilities Office, on January 7, 2022, released a video 10-day summer testing period showcasing several counter-unmanned aircraft system

The video shows the drone launch from a 4×4 Oshkosh M-ATV (Mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle) and fixed palletized launch system, exploding just before contact with an incoming unmanned platform, destroying it mid-air.

The video reveals that the M-ATV is linked to Ku-720 mobile sensing radars while the fixed launcher is fitted with Ku-band Radio Frequency System (KuRFS) precision. Some sources say that, the KuRFS uses multiple small antennas to “spot, locate, and track small targets at long range,” including incoming mortars, rockets, and drones.

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Raytheon demonstrated counter-drone capability of its Coyote Block 2+ drone , Defense Express
M-ATV 4x4 armored vehicle equipped with the Coyote Block2+ counter UAS solution, 30mm automatic cannon, one 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, KuRFS precision targeting radar and the Ku-720 mobile sensing radar. (Picture source Raytheon video screenshot)

The tests used Coyote interceptor of both variants to detect and defeat all drone swarms varying in size and range. Equipped with an advanced seeker and warhead, the Coyote-enabled system can successfully identify and eliminate threat UAVs.

Raytheon demonstrated counter-drone capability of its Coyote Block 2+ drone , Defense Express
Coyote unmanned aircraft system. Image: Raytheon Missiles and Defense

The Coyote can be deployed from the ground, air, or a ship. The Coyote UAS can be flown individually or netted together in swarms, and it is adaptable for a variety of missions including surveillance, electronic warfare, and strike. The system will operate for up to one hour and is designed for interchangeable payloads.

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