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Raytheon Coyote interceptors

sferrin

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I wonder if they're modified for head-end ignition.
 

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I wonder if they're modified for head-end ignition.
Probably. Could they repurpose the ejection charge cup at the head end of the motor?

Amusingly, this motor seems to be sold out pretty much everywhere online. Raytheon buying out the available stock?
 

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I wonder if they're modified for head-end ignition.
Probably. Could they repurpose the ejection charge cup at the head end of the motor?
That's what I'd think. Or just screw a new closure on the front end. (I think Aerotech's are threaded vs snap rings.)
 

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That's the first time I have seen a turbine intake done like that. Nice and simple
 

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Wait, that's an interceptor? What for? Seems unnecessarily complex. (And slow.)
 

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It's a small UAV killer, basically.
 

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Wait, that's an interceptor? What for? Seems unnecessarily complex. (And slow.)
Loitering intercept for UAVs, though they're hoping to expand into other roles. It's not that complex, just looks a bit funky.
 

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Wait, that's an interceptor? What for? Seems unnecessarily complex. (And slow.)
Up to helicopters, per the vid. It is also a lot faster than Block 1.

The sign also says "C-RAM"

The Coyote Block 2 specifically features improved sensors and rocket motors to significantly increase maneuverability. Propulsion relies on one jet engine, deeply improving speed and loiter time to engage larger and further targets. The Block 2 variant will feature a maximum speed of 200 knots (370 km/h), compared to 70 knots (130 km/h) for the Block 1 variant, and an operational range of 10 to 15 km.
 

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Munitions manufacturer Raytheon is testing and evaluating a new version of its Coyote C-UAS - designated Block 3 - that is expected to introduce longer loiter and multiple payload capabilities to the tube launched system.

Coyote detects airborne threats based on its KRFS multi-mission radar providing rocket, artillery and mortar, sense and warn features with the development of a third iteration due to customer interest, though the company has not received a specific order to this point, according to Richard Harris, VP business development land warfare systems at Raytheon.
Block 1, Initially developed as an ISR platform, has since evolved to meet US Army C-UAS requirements and fight against category one and category two unmanned drones, while Block 2 was born from the service requesting a system to tackle larger category three systems.

The commencement of Block 3 tests overlap with the winding down of Block 2 tests in New Mexico, with the latter scheduled for deployment with the US Army next year.
'The unique thing about the Block 1 for example is that we send it out and have it attack incoming drone threats, but if it misses it re-attacks. As drones become more sophisticated and can become more evasive the coyote is pre-programmed to continue to hit its target,' Harris explained.

To date, the US Army has not made Coyote a programme of record, hindering Raytheon’s export ambitions, but Harris suggested that US allies are eager to order the system with export possibilities eased by a forthcoming US government national approval process ‘release decision’ that would trigger the opening of an export market to 20 international countries. On that basis, FMS sales could then proceed.

Harris added that he expected Coyote to have a first international customer before the Farnborough Air Show next year.
Initial operating capability of Howler, a US Army term for merging capabilities of Raytheon’s Ku-band RF system radar and Coyote, has now been confirmed by the service.

 
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