IAI Introduces New Naval Application for its Green Dragon Loitering Munition
· New Marine approved Canister
· Stabilized communication Antenna for the Naval arena
· The land version was fully demonstrated in a series of trials
June 21, 2017– 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 a full operational scenario end to end. IAI’s loitering munitions will be at focus at 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. The Green Dragon can provide ISR service to the launching platforms, then surveys, locates, acquires and finally destroys operator selected target. Green Dragon has up to 3 kg warhead and extremely high accuracy. The Green Dragon is launched by a small rocket assist 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 a special emphasis to the a-symmetrical 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 an operational flexibility to the naval commending level, both at the intelligence level and at the operational level”. Levi added: “the recent trials in 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.
Israel Aerospace Industries:
IAI Ltd. is Israel’s largest aerospace and defense company and a globally recognized technology and innovation leader, specializing in developing and manufacturing advanced, state-of-the-art systems for air, space, sea, land, cyber and homeland security. Since 1953, the company has provided advanced technology solutions to government and commercial customers worldwide including: satellites, missiles, weapon systems and munitions, unmanned and robotic systems, radars, C4ISR and more. IAI also designs and manufactures business jets and aerostructures, performs overhaul and maintenance on commercial aircraft and converts passenger aircraft to refueling and cargo configurations.
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