US Army Deploys Ku-band Radar & Unmanned Aircraft System to Track Drone Threats

The US Army recently announced that the Howler counter unmanned aerial system achieved Initial Operational Capability, putting critical protection against drones in the hands of soldiers. Howler, a name coined by the US Army, combines the capabilities of Raytheon's Ku band radio frequency system multi-mission simultaneous radar and Coyote unmanned aircraft system. The KuRFS advanced electronically scanned array acquires and tracks all size UAS threats. Coyote works with KuRFS using its advanced seeker and warhead to identify and eliminate UAS threats.

Detecting a drone threat is the first critical step in the counter-UAS kill chain. The combination of precise tracking and engagement of these two proven systems gives the US Army a vital capability to defeat this constantly evolving threat.

In addition to providing advanced situational awareness, precise discrimination and mobility to successfully counter UAS threats, Howler gives the Army singular flexibility to adapt to the quickly changing, multi-dimensional threat environment.

Test after test proves that Coyote is an integral solution for defeating the growing number of enemy drones in the skies above the battlefield. Protecting soldiers on the ground is a top priority, and this new system truly delivers the same. Raytheon's portfolio of sensors, and kinetic and non-kinetic effectors networked into a command and control system covers the full counter-UAS kill chain.