Defence contractor Raytheon has secured approval from the US Government for international sales of Coyote Block 2 counter-drone weapon.

The clearance allows the company to sell the Coyote Block 2 counter-drone weapon to approved allied nations as part of the Howler counter-drone system.

The enhanced weapon system is powered by a jet engine and can be launched from the ground to destroy drones and other aerial threats.

In 2019, the US Army deployed the Raytheon Howler counter-drone capability into the battlefield. Howler integrates the capabilities of the company’s Ku band radiofrequency system multi-mission simultaneous radar and Coyote unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

Howler offers advanced situational awareness, precise discrimination and mobility to counter UAS threats. In addition, it gives the US Army singular flexibility to adapt to the multidimensional threat environment.

The Coyote Block 2 is designed to use Raytheon’s KuRFS multi-mission radar as its fire control source. Full-rate production of the new Coyote variant is expected to be achieved in 2020.

Raytheon Mission Systems and Sensors vice-president Bryan Rosselli said: “The KuRFS radar gives soldiers unprecedented vision of individual drones.

“The ability to quickly and clearly detect, track and discriminate the threat leads to positive identification, and makes the Coyote all the more precise in its ability to intercept drones.”

The small, expendable and tube-launched Coyote UAS is capable of handling reasonably large accelerations during launch.

In addition to the US Department of Defense missions, the Coyote UAS is also used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for hurricane tracking and modelling.