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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US cleared the Coyote Block 2 counter-drone weapon for sales to American allies, the developer Raytheon said in a press release on Tuesday.

    "Delivering this enhanced version of the combat-proven Coyote strengthens our allies' defences against enemy drones", Raytheon Land Warfare Systems Vice President Sam Deneke said in the release. "Block 2 is fast, effective and protects troops on the battlefield".

    Powered by a jet engine, the new weapon can be launched from the ground to destroy drones and other aerial threats, the release said.

    Defence websites describe the Coyote as a 'kamikaze drone' because the machine is designed to either crash into small, unmanned aircraft or to explode nearby.

    The US is developing other anti-drone weapons using lasers or microwave bursts to disable the unmanned aerial weapons.

    In February, Raytheon announced that it had completed the first radar antenna for the US Army’s low-tier missile sensor (LTAMDS), designed to detect hypersonic weapons.

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