NEW ORLEANS, May 3 (UPI) -- Raytheon reports it is ramping up deliveries of its small unmanned aerial systems to military customers as a result of increasing demand.
It has also opened a new UAS directorate within its Advanced Missile Systems product line in Tucson, Ariz., to integrate company-wide expertise in small UAS airframe and integration, with mission payload, command and control technology.
"Demand for our UAS platforms continues to grow as we deliver innovative unmanned solutions to a wide range of customers," said Dr. Thomas R. Bussing, vice president of Raytheon's Advanced Missile Systems product line. "This new directorate links company talents in aerodynamic design, propulsion systems, ground stations and a variety of mission payloads into one team that will enable us to deliver even better solutions to our customers."
Raytheon manufactures the Coyote and Silver Fox UAS platforms.
The Coyote is a tube-launched expendable drone for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, missions.
The system has an endurance of one hour and can carry a variety of payloads. It is used by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration for hurricane tracking and has completed flight tests under multiple U.S. Department of Defense programs.
The Silver Fox, transportable by a sports utility vehicle, is a system for real-time intelligence and long-range aerial endurance capabilities of a larger UAS. It features a moveable or fixed electro-optic and infrared sensors, and can obtain intelligence from multiple other systems.
"We are focused on tactical, expeditionary systems, providing users with cost-effective, affordable solutions that can be operated organically with a very minimal logistics footprint," said Pete Mangelsdorf, Raytheon Unmanned Aircraft Systems director. "We are heavily engaged in UAS autonomy and MUM-T, or manned-unmanned teaming, as we continue to expand in this market space."
Additional details of SUAS production and the new directorate were not given.