Raytheon Technologies has been awarded a $237 million U.S. Army contract for Ku-band Radio Frequency Sensors and Coyote effectors to detect and defeat unmanned aircraft.
The contract includes a combination of fixed-site and mobile systems, as well as effectors, designated to support the Army’s U.S Central Command operations.
As part of the U.S. Army’s low, slow, small-unmanned aircraft Integrated Defeat System, called LIDS, KuRFS provides advanced 360-degree threat detection, while Coyote low-cost effectors defeat drones.
“The KuRFS radar and Coyote effectors effectively detect and defeat unmanned aircraft systems, an increasingly evident and global threat,” said Tom Laliberty, president of land warfare and air defense at Raytheon Missiles & Defense.
“LIDS is operationally deployed, providing a proven, reliable, and essential layer of defense against enemy drones,” Laliberty said.
KuRFS precision targeting radar and the scaled Ku720 mobile sensing radar deliver persistent detection, identification and tracking of airborne threats. The Coyote Block 2 defeats single drones and swarms at higher altitudes and longer ranges than similar class systems.
The U.S. Army’s LIDS integrates KuRFS and the Coyote family of effectors with Northrop Grumman’s Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control system, or FAADC2, and Syracuse Research Corporation’s electronic warfare system. Together, these systems create a multi-mission fixed mobile deployed system that provides a complete extended-range defense solution.