Coyote UAS

An unmanned aircraft called a Coyote flying in the sky

One system: multiple missions

The most capable in its class, the Coyote® unmanned aircraft system is small, expendable and tube-launched. It can be deployed from the ground, air or a ship. The Coyote UAS can be flown individually or netted together in swarms, and it is adaptable for a variety of missions including surveillance, electronic warfare and strike. The system will operate up to one hour and is designed for interchangeable payloads.

The Coyote UAS can handle reasonably large accelerations during launch, a critical feature for all tube-launch applications. It’s ideal for improved surveillance imagery, enhanced targeting capability, near real-time damage assessment and reduced threat to manned aircraft.

Counter-UAS solution

The U.S. Army has selected the Coyote drone for a near-term counter-UAS solution. Equipped with an advanced seeker and warhead, the Coyote-enabled system can successfully identify and eliminate threat UAVs.

Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance

In a series of 2016 demonstrations conducted on land and at sea, more than two dozen Coyote systems successfully launched in a swarm and moved in formation, demonstrating the effectiveness of autonomous networking. The swarming capability can be applicable in multiple missions, from ISR activity to strikes against moving targets in a battlefield environment.

Hurricane hunting

In addition to U.S. Department of Defense missions, the versatile Coyote UAS is also used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for hurricane tracking and modeling. NOAA successfully deployed six Coyote systems from a hurricane hunter into the eye of Hurricane Maria in 2017. Navigating Maria's winds of greater than 100 miles per hour, the systems gathered and transmitted storm information directly to the National Hurricane Center. The affordable Coyote UAS meets current P-3 mission requirements and is developed and tested to save lives, reduce operational costs and provide tactical surveillance data.

The Coyote UAS has completed flight tests for multiple U.S. government customers and demonstration programs. Additionally, tube launch development is underway for land- and ship-based applications.


  • Developed as a low-cost, expendable drone
  • Performs surveillance imagery, targeting capability and real-time damage assessment
  • Designed to save lives and reduce operational costs
  • Suitable for targeting assistance, perimeter security and research missions

Raytheon Missiles & Defense is finalizing development of advanced Coyote variants that will fly faster and farther.