IAI Unveils New Members in its Loitering Munitions Family

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled at the Singapore Airshow the newest members in its Loitering Munitions (LM) family: Harpy NG and Green Dragon

So far, IAI's most prominent types of LMs were Harpy (an autonomous anti-radiation LM for SEAD/DEAD missions) and HAROP, an Electro-Optical/Infra-Red (EO/IR)-guided, man-in-the-loop LM, designed to locate, track and destroy high quality static and mobile targets.

The Harpy NG (New Generation) is designed to counter the newer types of air defense radar threats that have evolved since the introduction into service of its former version. The revamped model introduces two major changes: one is the Improvement, as well as extension of the covered frequency band to much lower frequencies. The other is Packaging the new Anti-Radiation (AR) Seeker in the HAROP, to enable better flying characteristics – including longer loiter time, extended range, higher altitude as well as commonality in maintenance and training.

The Green Dragon is a tactical, low-cost LM designed to provide small ground units and special operations units with significant situational awareness and firepower in a compact envelope. Green Dragon is a silent, all electric LM with up to two hours of loitering time, during which its operator can collect visual intelligence of surrounding areas up to a range of 40 km.

This LM can locate, acquire and dive on operator designated targets with a warhead of nearly 3 kg and high accuracy (better than 1 m CEP). The Green Dragon is launched from a sealed canister: as many as 12-16 units can be carried on a small vehicle and launched upon request. The operator has a small tablet-sized control panel and a tactical low-power datalink to the LM. The Green Dragon operator also has a built-in "abort and go around" capability to prevent unnecessary collateral damage or mistaken targeting.

Boaz Levi, IAI Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Systems, Missiles & Space Group said: "IAI is introducing two new Loitering Munitions, intended to refresh, update and complement our already successful family of LMs. The new tactical products serve to bolster the abilities of small tactical infantry units and Special Ops, with a special emphasis on solving operational problems in urban areas." 

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