The Dragon... perhaps the US Army's most Suicidal weapons system ever.
Let's see, you know it is the precursor to the TOW. Which is a great weapon. But like the TOW, the Dragon is Tube Launched, Optically Wire Guided. So it unravels a thin wire as it flies.
This wire, if the Missile flies over too much brush, can break. This causes the missile to fly uncontrollably and erratically, going in different directions and even spinning... and then explodes. It can even fly back in the direction of the operators. This is a special kind of thrill. Especially since the Dragon II had a dual warhead designed for the penetration of Soviet Reactive Armor. Big Badda-boom.
Most of the time though... the Dragon flew straight. And by straight, I mean it would jerk around, up and down, left and right... looking like it's going to miss. And you can't steer it. You have to hold the Tracker on the target the whole way. Or it will miss.
Missing is bad. Because with the Dragon, your target is Soviet Armor. Tanks. Tanks with big guns.
Now say, you do everything right... It takes about 11 seconds to reach your target. 11 very long, agonizingly nerve racking seconds.
Reason being is because that Soviet Tank you just shot at... it takes only 4 seconds for it to spin it's turret and hose you down with coax machinegun fire.
And they will do just that.
Because the Dragon emits a huge Launch Signature. A giant white plume of smoke that tells everyone everywhere... exactly your specific location... where you are... holding that freaking Tracker unit on target while that freaking missile bounces around like a retarded pixie on crack making those stupid popping sounds as it goes.
The only good thing about the Dragon... the Dragon II that is... is that when it did hit, it hit with authority.