« The Igla (in English: Needle) is a Russian, man-portable infrared homing surface-to-air missile weapon. This weapon is designated as "SA-18" in the US and its NATO reporting name is "Grouse."
The Igla uses 9M39 missiles. This weapon is highly valued for its resistance to countermeasures. Because of its easy availability on the black market it has often been used in terrorist attacks on civilian aircraft over last 30 years, mostly in Africa.
Armoury Description

9K38 Igla
Faction Russian Armed Forces
Type Surface-to-Air Missile Launcher
Caliber 72 mm
Variants Igla AA Pod
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The 9K38 Igla is a 72 mm missile launcher that is exclusively used by the Russian Armed Forces in ArmA 2.

Overview Edit

The 9K38 Igla is a shoulder-launched, man-portable surface-to-air missile launcher.

It is designed to be loaded with 72 mm infrared-guided missiles fitted with high-explosive fragmentation (HE-Frag) warheads only, and is highly effective against helicopters and low-flying fixed-wing aircraft. It utilises a simple ironsight for aiming and has a hollow circular post reticle. The 9K38 has an effective range of between 3,100 and up to a maximum of 5,200 metres.

The 9K38 is a powerful SAM launcher that was only used by Russian military units operating in Chernarus. Unlike its older predecessor, the 9K38 uses an improved IR seeker that has increased resistance against aircraft countermeasure flares, as well as significantly increased range and accuracy.


Loaded for bear, a Russian conscript readies his 9K38 Igla.

Compared to its American counterpart, the 9K38 almost better in every aspect. The launcher itself has a greater lock-on range cap of 5,200 metres versus the Stinger's maximum of 4,800 metres, while Igla missiles fly slightly faster and can turn more sharply in mid-air to counter aircraft attempting to outmanoeuvre it.

However, it is recommended to operate the 9K38 in two- or three-man teams who can haul additional missiles for the main operator. This is because each missile requires six inventory slots, which will cause its user to run out of missiles after just a single shot (unless they choose to forgo carrying ammunition for their primary weapon altogether).

Nonetheless, the 9K38's upsides far outweigh its sole downside (inventory space). They essentially make the 9K38 the undisputed man-portable SAM launcher to bring onto any mission where enemy aircraft are expected to show up. Short of being in a poor position or heavy flare use by the target, the 9K38 will almost always never miss its target.

Trivia Edit

  • A dual-mount version of the 9K38 is fitted onto a tripod as a static weapon.
    • This configuration is based on a real-life variant of the 9K38 called the "Djigit", and is commonly employed as a mounted weapon on vehicles and defensive fortifications.
    • However, the in-game launchers themselves are strangely based on the older 9K32 Strela-2 and not the 9K38 for unknown reasons.

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