Testing for success
The proof of excellence is in how KuRFS and Coyote perform as key components of LIDS: “There have been thousands and thousands of hours of evaluations, including quarterly engineering tests, leading up to the Army’s annual record tests,” said Darnè, a retired U.S. Army colonel. “We’ve co-developed these capabilities with the Army, and they know that what they have will perform reliably as the mission requires.”
Building on the milestones achieved in previous, annual tests, Raytheon’s Counter-UAS team members again gathered alongside Army personnel at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona for their summer 2023 test.
Again, the results were outstanding:
- KuRFS excelled in a stress test successfully detecting and tracking a complex swarm of more than 30 unmanned aircraft vehicles.
- Coyote defeated several targets, singles and swarms, demonstrating reduced engagement timelines to defeat multiple threats.
- The tests validated the recent hardware and software enhancements made to both systems, to optimize capability and performance.
“There’s so much history here,” said Abel Ghanooni, senior director of Raytheon’s SHORAD and Rapid Development programs. “Coming out of these record tests, we always learn something, and that spurs ideas for improvements to be incorporated ahead of the next one,” he added.
Evolving ahead of threats
This cycle of ongoing assessments, together with direct input from warfighters operating the systems, leads to improving, upgrading and maturing the technology because “we want to continually evolve the systems to stay ahead of the UAS threat set,” Ghanooni said.
The consistently successful performance of Coyote and KuRFS during these tests proves that LIDS gives warfighters around the globe a competitive advantage.
“There’s significant international interest in LIDS, with more than a dozen countries reaching out for briefings,” Ghanooni said, noting that the U.S. State Department recently approved a potential sale of the counter-UAS system with KuRFS and Coyote to Qatar.
Meanwhile, the Army is expected to conduct its next record test in Arizona later this year – yet another opportunity to demonstrate LIDS’ exceptional capabilities and performance.
“LIDS is an operationally deployed system today,” Darnè said. “KuRFS and Coyote are out there – defending soldiers, bases and assets from enemy drones.”