22/06/2017 10:27

IAI introduces new naval application for its Green Dragon loitering munition

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) introduces the new naval application of the Green Dragon, a member of its family of Loitering Munitions. In order to address the unique requirements of the naval arena and vessels, adjustments to the Green Dragon canister and communication antenna were made.

Recently, the tactical land version of the Green Dragon was successfully demonstrated in a series of trials in an end-to-end full operational scenario. IAI’s loitering munitions will be in focus at the 2017 Paris Air Show.

IAI’s family of loitering munitions includes the Green Dragon – a tactical, low-cost solution, designed to provide significant situational awareness and firepower in a compact envelope to combat ships, offshore patrol vessels and patrol boats. Green Dragon is a silent, all electric electro-optically guided munition with ninety minutes of loitering time, during which its operator can collect visual intelligence of surrounding area areas – especially in congested waters and shore targets, in a range of up to 40 km. After providing ISR services to the launching platforms,  the Green Dragon then surveys, locates, acquires and finally destroys the operator selected target. The Green Dragon carries a warhead of up to 3 kg and can dive on designated targets to impact and explode with extremely high accuracy. The Green Dragon is launched by a small rocket assisted motor from a sealed, marine approved canister – quickly clearing the ship’s deck area. As many as 12 units can be carried even on a small vessel and launched upon request. The operator uses a small, tablet-sized control panel and a tactical low-power data-link to operate and control the weapon. The Green Dragon has a built-in “abort and go around” capability to prevent unnecessary collateral damage and mistaken targeting. The unique combination of small footprint on deck, wide launch envelope, silent operation, long mission endurance, long-range communication and pinpoint accuracy, coupled with safer “in canister” logistics, makes the Green Dragon an ideal “sensor to shooter” cost-effective weapon to naval vessels .

Boaz Levi, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Systems, Missiles & Space Group said: “IAI’s advanced loitering munitions offer an operational solution to the complex naval arena with special emphasis on the asymmetrical warfare that navies experience today. The new adjustments made to the Green Dragon provide an excellent tactical solution for combat ships, offshore patrol vessels and patrol boats. The unique, organic independent capabilities provide operational flexibility to naval command, at both the intelligence and operational levels”. Levi added: “The recent trials of the Green Dragon fully demonstrate its advanced technological capabilities, efficiency and accuracy as well as its operational advantages”.

IAI’s family of loitering munitions includes the Harpy, Harpy NG, Harop, Rotem and Green Dragon.