Non-Kinetic Counter-UAS System Trialled by US Army

By Mike Ball / 27 Jul 2021
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Coyote Block 3 counter-UAS solutionRaytheon Missiles & Defense has successfully defeated a swarm of drones with its reusable Coyote Block 3 non-kinetic effector during a U.S. Army test. Derived from the expendable Coyote loitering munition, the Block 3 utilizes a non-kinetic warhead to neutralize enemy drones, reducing potential collateral damage.

This non-kinetic variant of the Coyote system can be recovered, refurbished and reused without leaving the battlefield, providing significant cost savings. Following this successful test, the Coyote Block 3 is now closer to deployment.

During the test, the Coyote engaged and defeated a swarm of 10 drones that differed in size, complexity, maneuverability and range. It achieved several significant firsts for counter-drone technology, including:

  • Air-to-air non-kinetic defeats
  • Survivability, recovery, refurbishment and reuse during the same test event
  • Successful launch from the Coyote Block 2 system
  • Extended range engagements, communication and KuRFS radar track

Tom Laliberty, vice president of Land Warfare & Air Defense at Raytheon Missiles & Defense, commented: “This test demonstrates the effectiveness of Coyote to counter complex unmanned aircraft systems. As a non-kinetic variant, we’re offering an effective weapon against the threat and value to the Army in the form of an affordable, reusable asset.”

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact