Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: Harpy NG
Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI)
Parent System: Harpy
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2006
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Harpy is a fire and forget, all weather, day/night, autonomous weapon designed to destroy enemy radar sites without risking aircraft and pilots. The Harpy unmanned air vehicle is launched from a ground vehicle behind the battle zone. Once launched, the weapon remains loitering for hours over the battlefield searching for radar emitters. Once detected, the Harpy tracks the radar signal to its origin attacking and destroying the radar site. The Harpy has been designed to counter radar systems and specially those associated to Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAM). It has been successfully deployed in the Israel Armed Forces and other Armed Forces worldwide.
The upgraded Harpy NG featuring nose-mounted canard foreplanes and a new wing design similar to Harop loitering munition was introduced in the 2016-2017 timeframe. The Harpy NG has longer range/flight endurance, new anti-radiation seeker, enhanced flexibility and is optimized for suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD).
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