Another expendable unmanned aerial system (UAS) with "loitering ammunition" from Israel is the Green Dragon. The Green Dragon is described as a tactical, low-cost, loitering ammunition system available to infantry and special operations forces. It's portable enough to pack in an airtight jar and deploy in minutes. The controller uses a tablet, and the air system transmits real-time information through its high-definition (HD) electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) camera.
The camera is fully equipped to work day and night up to 40 km (up to 1.5 hours of battery life). An electric motor powers the unit and is designed to run smoothly, giving the Green Dragon an advantage over unsuspecting enemy targets.
The 16kg Green Dragon is a true hunter and killer, it can lurk over specific target areas and ground operators can use it to assess the enemy's position before launching an attack. Once targets are verified, drones can dive onto them and use them as lethal munitions with an accuracy of one meter. Air systems can operate offline, providing ground commanders with more tactical intelligence and situational awareness ahead of an attack.
If the attack is canceled, the green dragon can fully recover and try again.
The vehicle can reach speeds of up to 110 knots, with a mission duration window of approximately 75 minutes.
Since the Green Dragon is very portable by design, a special multi-tank launcher can be fitted to existing flat-panel military vehicles. The launcher is trainable and can carry/launch a dozen of these drones - the aircraft was initially powered by an expendable rocket motor that was jettisoned shortly after launch.
The electric motors then take over the mission.
The Green Dragon UAV is laid out in a traditional way, with a centrally located fuselage and associated operating systems and propulsion schemes. The electric motor drives the two-bladed propeller unit at the rear of the fuselage in a "propeller" arrangement.
The general shape of the main aircraft is straight and set on the fuselage, with winglets added for better control and stability. The empennage consists of a pair of outwardly curved, downwardly sloping fins located on the underside of the fuselage.
The optics hang under the nose in the "chin" position.
- Ground Attack
- Close Air Support (CAS)
- Reconnaissance (RECCE)
- Special Forces
126 mph (203 km/h; 110 knots)
186 miles (300 km; 162 nmi)
Green Dragon - Base product name.