|“|| I am the dragon.|
- An Iron Dragon driver introduces himself to his enemies
However, should the enemies manage to destroy an Iron Dragon, it makes nearby friendly vehicles temporarily invulnerable, thus allowing it to provide support to armor battalions upon their demise.
A powerful experimental weapon was in development near the North Korean-South Korean border, where the use of the Iron Curtain Device takes a prominent place in dealing with intruders and performing destructive raids on enemy positions. However, since Yuri has completely disrupted the peace at the borders, leaving the Korean peninsula in chaos, work on this weapon was delayed until the team working on it was evacuated and moved deep within China.
In cooperation with Yunru's staff somewhere in Kashmir, the Iron Dragon was finalized after many experiments with particle collision technology. A unit was born that could tear flesh and steel apart in mere seconds, and with the cannon's formidable range, it could easily lay waste to entire brigades without taking any damage. When an Iron Dragon is destroyed, tanks nearby become invulnerable for a few seconds.
The Iron Dragon acts as the ultimate Soviet anti-unit weapon once their saboteurs are able to acquire the necessary means to construct them - armed with an obscenely powerful particle collider cannon, they are able to annihilate both infantry and vehicles from absurd ranges, regardless of how well-armored they are.
While the majority of artillery pieces are often used as siege engines against enemy fortifications and structures, the Iron Dragon is the antithesis of them - it is specifically meant to be used to destroy large concentrations of enemy infantry and vehicles. The initial detonation of the projectile fired from its weapon, while already doing considerable splash damage, also leaves a highly damaging field of unstable energy that will continuously damage anything that remains in its area of effect. Like the majority of stolen tech units, it can perform self-repairs and it is also quite durable for an artillery unit.
The Iron Dragon's demise can also be beneficial to vehicles that loiter near it. Should it be destroyed, it will unleash an Iron Curtain field that will apply an invulnerability effect to vehicles around it for a few seconds.
Though they are formidable units that can easily destroy advancing enemy forces without too much trouble, Iron Dragons still have inherent weaknesses. For starters, the requirements to build them require a Soviet saboteur to infiltrate a Foehn Cloud Piercer and Construction Yard, so they are rarely available for construction. In addition, they have relatively large minimum ranges so enemy units that can close the distance will not fear retaliation from them, provided there aren't other Soviet units covering the Iron Dragons themselves. They also have no means of protecting themselves against aircraft so they must be covered from aerial threats at all times. Their effectiveness against structures is mediocre at best, unless they attack in large groups. Iron Dragons also have an exuberant price tag of $2000, but their costs can be lessened to a degree with the presence of an Industrial Plant.
- Iron Dragons appear in Foehn bases (which still use Chinese technology) in Thread of Dread, Machinehead and Blood Rage.
- In Thread of Dread, the player can unlock them by capturing an Atomheart from one of the Chinese bases, or capturing a Chinese Construction Yard and use it to build an Atomheart, marking the first time where a stolen tech unit is buildable in the campaign.
- In Machinehead, after the initial attempt to destroy the Centurion Siege Crawler with 16 Foxtrots fails and the Centurion moves into Yunru's base, the two Iron Dragons guarding this base must be destroyed alongside the Iron Curtain Device so Libra can safely enter it.
The Iron Dragon is voiced by Falloutman.
- We will help them understand.
- They will know who I am.
- I am the dragon.
- Do you see?
- The great Iron Dragon.
- More than a weapon.
When ordered to move
- This is my becoming.
- Go with me.
- A little homework.
- Before me they are slugs.
- I'll take care of it
- This will fuel my radiance.
When ordered to attack
- They owe me all!
- I will open their eyes!
- They rightly tremble.
- Fear is not what they owe me.
- They are but ants.
- Meld with my strength.