US Army Awards Raytheon $237 Million Counter-UAS Contract

The systems will play an important part of the US Army's Low, slow, small-unmanned aircraft Integrated Defeat System (LIDS), with Ku-band Radio Frequency Sensors (KuRFS) providing advanced 360-degree threat detection, and Coyote low-cost effectors defeating drones By Joseph Macey / 21 Apr 2023
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Raytheon Technologies has received a $237 million US Army contract for Ku-band Radio Frequency Sensors (KuRFS) and Coyote effectors to detect and defeat unmanned aircraft.

The contract includes a combination of fixed-site and mobile systems as well as a quantity of effectors, designated to support the Army’s US Central Command operations.

As part of the US Army’s Low, slow, small-unmanned aircraft Integrated Defeat System (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 & Air Defense at Raytheon Missiles & Defense. “LIDS is operationally deployed, providing a proven, reliable, and essential layer of defense against enemy drones.” 

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 varying in size and maneuverability, and at higher altitudes and longer ranges than similar class systems.

The US 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, relocatable, or mobile deployed system that provides a complete extended-range defense solution.

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