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NOTE: This article is about the M47 Dragon ATGM in ArmA 2's Operation Arrowhead expansion pack. For its counterpart in ArmA 3's CSLA Iron Curtain Creator DLC, see M47 Dragon (CSLA).

« The M47 Dragon is an older American shoulder-fired, man-portable anti-tank missile system, replaced by FGM-148 Javelin some time ago. M47 used a wire-guidance system in concert with a high explosive anti-tank warhead, which can penetrate armor of earlier Soviet main battle tanks.
Armoury Description

M47 Dragon
Faction Icon-side-greenfor.png Takistani Rebels
Type Anti-Tank Missile Launcher
Diameter 140 mm
Variants None
The M47 Dragon 140 mm missile launcher.

The M47 Dragon is a 140 mm anti-tank missile launcher used exclusively by Takistani anti-government rebels in ArmA 2. It was added with the release of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack.


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The Dragon is a portable fire-and-forget, infrared-guided, anti-tank guided missile launcher.

It is designed to load 140 mm missiles fitted with high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warheads, and is capable of hitting ground vehicles at distances of up to 1,500 metres. The launcher is fitted with an optical sight that has a magnification strength of 1.8x, and can toggle between either normal day or night vision modes.

Anti-government guerillas ambush a British convoy.

Comparable to the American Javelin or the Russian 9K115 role-wise, the Dragon is a shoulder-launched ATGM system that is designed to take out Main Battle Tanks and other armoured vehicles alike from a safe distance.

In spite of this however, it is nonetheless an extremely weak weapon for an ATGM launcher. While heavy damage is guaranteed for older Soviet-era tanks such as the T-72 or T-55, the same cannot be said for the latest Russian-made tanks like the T-90 or the American M1A2 TUSK. Both will easily shrug off the Dragon's HEAT warhead unless the missile strikes a vulnerable component like the engine or tracks.

Given that its missiles weigh the same as the Javelin's (6 slots per missile) but inflicts reduced damage and has a much shorter operating range, the Dragon is quite redundant in the face of modern ATGM systems. Unless absolutely necessary, the Dragon should be avoided in favour of better launchers.


The Dragon only supports a single missile type. It requires six inventory slots to carry:

Dragon Missile

Damage type Base damage value
High-Explosive / Kinetic 360

The missile is soft-launched and takes at least 0.15 seconds for its motor to ignite. The motor will continue gaining thrust over 1.45 seconds (with an initial velocity of 20 m/s) before reaching a maximum speed of 200 m/s. The warhead has a meagre blast radius of just 1 metre.


  • ArmA 2's M47 Dragon is depicted with highly unrealistic capabilities when compared to its real-world counterpart.
    • For instance, the in-game version is treated as if it were a fire-and-forget IR-guided launcher that can lock onto vehicles automatically. In reality, the Dragon is exclusively wire-guided and cannot lock-on via infrared like its modern successor.
    • Furthermore, the Dragon is shown being wielded as a shoulder-launched weapon that doesn't force the operator to deploy its bipod. In reality, the bipod is required for maintaining stability when guiding the missile to its target.


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Weapons of comparable role and configuration

Weapons of ArmA 2
Handguns CZ 75 9 mmG17 9 mmM1911 .45M9 9 mmMakarov 9 mmRevolver .45
Submachine guns CZ Scorpion Evo 3 A1 9 mmMP5 9 mmPDW 9 mmPP-19 Bizon 9 mmSa-61 Scorpion 7.65 mm
Shotguns M1014Saiga 12KAA-12
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mm* • G36 series* (G36C*, G36K*) • M4A1 5.56 mm (M4A1 M203, M4A3, M4A3 M203) • Mk16 CQC 5.56 mmXM8 Compact 5.56 mm
Assault rifles AK-107 5.45 mm (AK-107 GP-25) • AK-74 5.45 mm (AK-74 GP-25*, AKS-74*) • AKM 7.62 mmAKS 7.62 mm* • CZ 805 BREN A1 5.56 mm (CZ 805 A1 G1, CZ 805 BREN A2, CZ 805 B1 G1) • FN FAL 7.62 mmG36A 5.56 mm* • L85A2 5.56 mm (L85A2 UGL) • M16A2 5.56 mm* (M16A2 M203*) • M16A4 5.56 mm (M16A4 M203) • SCAR series (Mk16, Mk16 EGLM, Mk17, Mk17 EGLM) • Sa-58 7.62 mmXM8 series (XM8, XM8 M320)
Designated marksman rifles DMR 7.62 mmL86A2 LSW 5.56 mmM14 7.62 mmMk12 SPR 5.56 mmMk17 Sniper 7.62 mmVSS Vintorez 9 mmXM8 Sharpshooter 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles AS50 12.7 mmCZ 550 9.3 mmCZ 750 S1 M1 .308KSVK 12.7 mm* • Lee-Enfield .303LRR .338M107 .50* • M110 7.62 mmM24 7.62 mm* (M40A3) • SVD Dragunov 7.62 mm*
Squad automatic weapons L110A1 5.56 mmM249 SAW 5.56 mm* • MG36 5.56 mm* • RPK-74 5.45 mmXM8 Automatic Rifle 5.56 mm
Machine guns L7A2 GPMG 7.62 mmMk 48 Mod 0 7.62 mm* • M240 7.62 mm* • M60E4 7.62 mmPKP 7.62 mmPKM 7.62 mmUK-59 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers M32M79Mk13
Launchers 9K32 Strela-29K38 Igla9K115-2 Metis-MFGM-148 JavelinFIM-92F StingerM136M47 DragonMAAWSNLAWRPG-7VRPG-18SMAW
Static AGS-30D-30DShKMIgla AA PodKORDL111A1L134A1M119A1M2M252Mk19Metis AT-132B14 PodnosRBS-70SearchlightSPG-9StingerTOWZU-23
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* indicates partial DLC dependency.
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