Raytheon will supply the U.S. Army with its Coyote unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and its Ku band radio frequency system (KRFS) to counter the threat of enemy drones on the battlefield.

When paired with the KRFS radar, the Coyote UAS comes equipped with an advanced seeker and warhead to identify and eliminate drones that are threats, Raytheon said.

"Enemy unmanned aircraft are among the biggest threats facing our ground troops today," said Dr. Thomas Bussing, Advanced Missile Systems vice president at Raytheon. "Our small, expendable Coyote provides the Army with an affordable and highly effective solution for countering the growing UAS threat."

Coyote is tube-launched and can be deployed from the ground, air or ship. It can be flown individually or netted in swarms and can accomplish missions including surveillance, electronic warfare and strike, the company said.

Raytheon plans to deliver the Coyote drones to the Army before the end of the year and said it will manufacture advanced variants of the UAS that will fly faster and farther.

The KRFS radar is a multi-mission radar that gives sense and warning to counter-UAS missions while enabling precision fire control and UAS swarm scenarios at significant distances. Raytheon has delivered 40 KRFS radars with more than 32 deployed by the Army with upgrades to the systems expected to come to support soldiers beyond 2025.

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