Coyote non-kinetic effector defeats drone swarm in test with ArmyNews
July 26, 2021
TUCSON, Ariz. Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a Raytheon Technologies business, defeated a swarm of drones with its reusable Coyote Block 3 non-kinetic effector during a U.S. Army test. According to the company, the demonstration moves the variant closer to deployment.
Derived from the expendable Coyote loitering munition, the Block 3 is designed to utilize a non-kinetic warhead to neutralize enemy drones, reducing potential collateral damage. Unlike its expendable counterpart, the company claims that the non-kinetic variant can be recovered, refurbished, and reused without leaving the battlefield.
During the test, the Coyote engaged and defeated a swarm of 10 drones that differed in size, complexity, maneuverability and range. It achieved air-to-air non-kinetic defeats, survivability, recovery, refurbishment and reuse; launch from the Coyote Block 2 system; and extended range engagements, communication, and KuRFS radar track.