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The US Army announced the rapid acquisition of Coyote anti-drone interceptors

The US Army announced a few days ago the launch of a rapid acquisition of Coyote anti-drone interceptors. The missiles are part of the Integrated System against Low, Slow, Small, and Unmanned Aircraft (M-LIDS), which is currently deployed in various bases in the Middle East.

As reported by the US Army, the contract was awarded on January 16 to RTX Corporation in the amount of USD 75 million for the production of 600 Coyote 2C interceptors in direct support of the unmanned aircraft systems mission from the US

To purchase the Coyote missiles, the accelerated acquisition authority of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, which was approved before Congress, was used. Thanks to this tool, which allows a fast acquisition process, all actions are completed in less than 30 days, from the approval of the authorization to the receipt of financing.

In its newsletter, the US Army stated that “the contract supports the increased demand for the Coyote interceptor and the subsequent need to increase production capacity.”. Without mentioning it directly, the purchase is undoubtedly associated with a series of attacks that various North American bases in Iraq, Syria, and Jordan have suffered, including facilities with a system of M-LIDS for protection against drones.

Recent weeks have seen a considerable increase in attacks by pro-Iranian groups against positions in North America, actions in which different types of drones are used. One of these attacks was carried out against a US base in Jordan, leaving three dead and dozens injured.

M-LIDS makes it possible to detect, identify, track, and destroy small drones thanks to electronic warfare systems and active methods. The M-LIDS includes a combination of armament consisting of 30mm For detection, it uses the KuRFS sensor, while the integrated electronic warfare suite is provided by the Syracuse Research Corporation.

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