Raytheon’s Coyote Block 2 unmanned aerial system that is employed as part of the Howler counter-drone system has been cleared for international sales by the US government.
The approval comes after the US Army deployed Howler, a combination of the Ku-band Radio Frequency System and Coyote Block 1, into the battlefield in 2019.
Coyote is designed to use Raytheon’s KuRFS multi-mission radar as its fire control source. Powered by a jet engine, the new Block 2 variant can be launched from the ground to destroy drones and other aerial threats.
“Delivering this enhanced version of the combat-proven Coyote strengthens our allies’ defenses against enemy drones,” said Sam Deneke, Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice president. “Block 2 is fast, effective and protects troops on the battlefield.”
Raytheon said it expects to achieve full-rate production of Coyote Block 2 in 2020.