>> Raytheon's Coyote drones can be deployed from airplanes, warships, or the ground. Fired out of tubes, their wings automatically, enabling flight.>> It's designed to have a modular front end, so you can have a variety of sensors. It could be a camera, for example, an imaging camera, it could be an RF receiver.
It could be any number of electronic surveillance devices, if you would. You can assemble a variety of different ISR payloads associated with it. You can even arm this, if you choose to, and place a warhead on it also.
Coyote is designed to be flown in autonomous swarms like in this recent test flight in Arizona.
>> We can launch up to 30 in the space of less than a minute. They will then group up or form up into squadrons or into flights, if you would. And they'll basically follow a leader and perform maneuvers based on what the leader is doing. The leader flies, essentially, a pre-programmed mission and is able to fly to an endpoint, accomplish a mission, and then land and the entire swarm will land with it.
>> Raytheon, a major US defense contractor, says Coyote offers the military improved surveillance imagery and better missile targeting capability. Damage assessments can be assessed in near real time, while threats to manned aircraft are reduced, says the company. The drone is on display at the Farnborough Air Show. Coyote is already deployed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for hurricane monitoring.