Tuesday, February 16, 2016

IAI unveil new family of loitering munitions

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) today unveiled two new Loitering Munitions (LM) at the Singapore Airshow, extending its famous HAROP and HARPY LM family.

The first member is an upgraded version of the Harpy LM, designated Harpy NG (New Generation), designed to counter the newer types of air defense radar threats that have evolved since the introduction into service of its former version.

The type incorporates two major improvements, an extension of the covered frequency band to much lower frequencies to deal with all types of air defense radars and airframe of the Harop LM for its Anti-Radiation (AR) Seeker.

This repackaging enables better flying characteristics - including longer loiter time, extended range, higher altitude as well as commonality in maintenance and training.

The second member is the Green Dragon, 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 Loitering Munition
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 extremely 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. The unique combination of silent operation, long mission endurance, long-range communication and pinpoint accuracy, coupled with secured "in canister" logistics, make the Green Dragon an ideal cost-effective weapon for infantry, Special Ops and other similar users.

IAI is the world's pioneer in developing and fielding various types of LMs. The Harpy (an autonomous anti-radiation LM for SEAD/DEAD missions) and the 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 have been sold extensively worldwide.