U.S. Army specialists are not convinced that the American ships will be able to repel the attack of Russian missile family Klub . To test the ship's defense systems USN ordered additional 7 supersonic targets, such as GQM-163A Coyote SSST, each of which is worth 3.9 million dollars.
In general, the U.S. Navy ordered eighty-nine targets, development of which was about 10 years. Target GQM-163A Coyote weighing 800 kg combined ramjet rocket and solid rocket motors. Launch range Coyote is about 110 kilometers, it has a top speed of more than 2600 km / h.
Coyote was developed in connection with the spread of supersonic anti-ship missiles, such as the Russian 3M54 (also known as Klub, SS-N-27 or Sizzler), entering the armed Algerian, Indian and Vietnamese naval forces.
GQM-163A target can realistically reproduce supersonic missile attack on U.S. Navy ships. Initially planned to buy only 39 Coyote, but the missile with ram jet engine has been so successful that it was decided to increase the output and is likely to use technology Coyote in other American rockets.
Using the Coyote, the U.S. military hopes to verify the possibility of discovery, setting fire control systems and missile weapons. Of particular concern to the U.S. military calls the container version of the complex - Club-K. These missiles can be mounted in a conventional rail, road or containers mounted on transport ships. The use of such weapons will be sudden, and warships will rely solely on their defense.Coyote Fact