Raytheon delivers multi-mission radars to US Army

Raytheon has provided Ku-band radio frequency radars (KuRFS) for the US Army’s counter-unmanned aerial vehicles in a deal worth $191 million (£149.7 million).

The multi-mission radars, which have already been deployed, can detect rocket, artillery, mortar and UAS threats by providing a critical sense and warn capability.

Raytheon says the radars deliver precision fire control as well as "sense and warn" capability for multiple missions including detection of rocket, artillery, mortar and swarming UAS threats.

KuRFS enables defence against multiple threat types by integrating with the land-based Phalanx weapon system, 50-caliber guns and 30mm cannons.

The radar also supports high-energy laser and the Coyote weapon system in both a ground mounted or vehicle mounted configuration.

Raytheon's KuRFS is able to quickly address the urgent needs of the US Army through a model of rapid-turn development and deployment. This reduces time to fielding, while providing enhanced flexibility to adapt to a quickly-changing threat environment in the drone space.

Andrew Hajek, senior director of tactical radars at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, commented: “Seeing threats - like swarming drones - as soon as possible on the battlefield is essential to protecting critical assets and saving soldiers' lives.

“KuRFS makes this possible by delivering a unique combination 360-degree situational awareness, precision and mobility.”

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