The Sky Dragon medium-range surface-to-air missile system is the latest area air defence missile system developed by Norinco with a maximum firing range of 50 km. Main missions of Sky Dragon include area, essential and field air defence. It can effectively intercept medium, low and ultra-low altitude aerial targets, i.e. fixed-wing aircrafts, helicopters and UAVs, as well as engage and kill incoming cruise missiles.
Each Sky Dragon battery consists of one IBIS150 3D target designation radar, one fire distribution vehicle and 3 to 6 launching vehicles (carrying 4 missiles each). In this configuration, Sky Dragon is capable of engaging up to 12 different targets by firing 12 individually targeted missiles within a matter of seconds.
Using a combat net radio, the launchers can be located 5 km from the fire distribution vehicle. Sky Dragon is fully mobile and can be ready to fire at a new location 15 minutes after the vehicle comes to a stop.
Each Sky Dragon battery can operate autonomously, using local aerial situational information provided by the IBIS150 radar, as well as intelligence received from superior command & control systems. Having been upgraded to include intelligence fusion and situation synthesis equipment, the fire distribution vehicle can also direct two other Sky Dragon batteries to engage cooperatively in battalion-operation mode.
Coverage (range): 3 km to 50 km
Coverage (height): 30 m to 20 km
Guidance system: ≤ 13 m
Launch mode: canister-launched missile, oblique launching
Killing probability of single missile: ≥ 0.80 (fighter like targets)
Search radar detection range: ≥ 130 km
(IBIS150 radar): 144 batches
Fire distribution vehicle guidance: 12 Missiles simultaneously engaging 12 targets
Each launching vehicle: 4 missiles simultaneously engaging 4 targets
System reaction time (normal): ≤ 20 sec
System reaction time (emergency): ≤ 16 sec
Deployment time: 15 min
Withdrawal time: 6 min
Continuous operating time: ≥ 12 hrs
Operating temperature: -20°C to +55°C