Military Embedded Systems

Nonkinetic effector from Raytheon successfully defeats UAS swarm during U.S. Army test


July 21, 2021

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Coyote UAS photo courtesy Raytheon.

YUMA PROVING GROUND, Ariz. During a U.S. Army test, the Raytheon Missiles & Defense reusable Coyote Block 3 nonkinetic effector successfully defeated a swarm of unmanned aerial systems (UASs), according to a report from Raytheon.

During the test, Raytheon reports, the Coyote engaged and defeated a swarm of 10 drones that differed in size, complexity, maneuverability and range. The test, the company says, achieved several important firsts: Air-to-air nonkinetic defeats; survivability, recovery, refurbishment, and reuse during the same test event; successful launch from the Coyote Block 2 system; and extended-range engagements, communication, and KU-band radio frequency system. 

The Block 3 -- sent up by the expendable Coyote loitering munition -- uses a nonkinetic warhead to neutralize enemy UASs, reducing potential collateral damage; the nonkinetic variant can be recovered, refurbished, and reused without leaving the battlefield.



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