27 May IAI’s New Loitering Munitions
May 27, 2016 – Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) introduced ROTEM and the Green Dragon – the newest members of its family of Loitering Munitions at the 2016 SOFIC conference in Tampa, FL.
The ROTEM, designed as a small quad-rotor loitering weapon, is built for use in urban warfare. ROTEM offers fighters effective, indirect observation and engagement of targets from an elevated position. The lightweight unmanned aerial system (UAS) weighs only 4.5 kg and includes an extensive array of sensors, including day or night (IR) cameras, used for piloting and reconnaissance. Multiple acoustic transducers enable obstacle avoidance and allow ROTEM to enter through windows and fly inside buildings, on narrow urban streets or dense vegetation. The battery-powered drone can loiter for nearly 30 minutes, with a one pound (0.450 kg) explosive payload, or swap the payload for a camera and additional batteries, staying in the air for up to 40-45 minutes. The warhead contains two blast-fragmentation grenades configured with a dual safe and arm mechanism. The ROTEM folds up, is carried in a canister or backpack, and is assembled in seconds by a single operator.
IAI’s family of loitering munitions also includes the Green Dragon– a tactical, low-cost system, designed to provide small ground and special operations units with significant situational awareness and firepower in a compact envelope. Green Dragon is a silent, all electric munition with up to two hours of loitering time, during which its operator can collect visual intelligence of surrounding areas in a range up to 40 km. This product can locate, acquire and dive on operator-designated targets with a warhead of nearly 3 kg and extremely high accuracy (better than 1M 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 system. The Green Dragon operator 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, makes the Green Dragon an ideal cost-effective weapon.