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US Army engages Raytheon for UAV defence systems

The US Army has engaged Raytheon Technologies in a $237 million contract for new systems to detect and defeat unmanned aircraft.

The US Army has engaged Raytheon Technologies in a $237 million contract for new systems to detect and defeat unmanned aircraft.

The international defence prime will supply 360-degree threat detection Ku-band Radio Frequency Sensors and Coyote effectors as part of the US Army’s Low, slow, small-unmanned aircraft Integrated Defeat System (LIDS).

The contract will support US Central Command operations with fixed-site, mobile systems and effectors.

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KuRFS precision targeting radar and the scaled Ku720 mobile sensing radar can deliver persistent detection, identification, and tracking of airborne threats, according to Raytheon Missiles & Defense land warfare and air defense president Tom Laliberty.

“The KuRFS radar and Coyote effectors effectively detect and defeat unmanned aircraft systems, an increasingly evident and global threat,” he said.

“LIDS is operationally deployed, providing a proven, reliable, and essential layer of defense against enemy drones.”

LIDS integrates KuRFS and Coyote effectors with Northrop Grumman’s Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control system and Syracuse Research Corporation’s electronic warfare system to provide a relocatable, extended range defence solution.

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