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The 9K32 Strela-2 is a 72 mm missile launcher that has made appearances in ArmA: Cold War Assault, ArmA: Armed Assault and ArmA 2.

ArmA: Cold War Assault Edit

« The 9K32 Strela-2 is a Soviet-era man-portable SAM system. In the West it is known by the NATO reporting name SA-7 Grail. The 9K32 was developed as a more capable alternative to anti-aircraft guns for engaging fighter jets, and uses an infrared seeker to track its targets. It remains as one of the most widely used MANPADS system in the world.
Weapon Description
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9K32 Strela
OFP-icon-strela
Faction - Soviet Union
- Nogovan Partisans
Type Surface-to-Air Missile Launcher
Caliber 72 mm
Magazine
capacity
1
Variants None
Games
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The 9K32 Strela is a 72 mm missile launcher that is primarily used by the Soviet military, as well as in limited numbers with the Nogovan Partisans in ArmA: Cold War Assault.

Overview Edit

The 9K32 is a portable, surface-to-air launcher that is designed to launch infrared-guided missiles at low-flying and medium altitude aircraft.

It can only load missiles fitted with a high-explosive (HE) warhead, and has an effective range of between 400 and up to a maximum of 1,200 metres. The 9K32 lacks magnified optics and uses a simple ironsight with a cross-shaped reticle instead.

The 9K32 is the Soviet counterpart to the American-made FIM-92 Stinger missile launcher. Both are short-ranged, infrared-guided, man-portable SAMs that are designed to take down helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft alike.

Aside from the obvious visual differences between the two weapons, the 9K32 is completely identical performance-wise to the Stinger. It also shares the same drawback of being excessively heavy to carry; each missile requires six inventory slots at the minimum which restricts the 9K32 to being a single-shot weapon only (assuming the user is on the move and cannot resupply).

Trivia Edit

  • Though both weapons are IR-guided in real-life, the 9K32 and the FIM-92 perform very differently and have far greater lock-on ranges than their in-game counterparts. For example, the earliest models of the 9K32 had a maximum tracking distance of 3,700 metres; more than double that of the in-game 9K32.
    • The drastic reduction in range was most likely done for gameplay "balancing" purposes, as the lack of deployable countermeasures for aircraft in Cold War Assault (as opposed to titles later in the series) would have made helicopters almost impossible to fly against AA-equipped infantry units.

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ArmA 2 Edit

« The 9K32 Strela-2 (NATO name SA-7 Grail) is a man-portable, shoulder-fired surface-to-air missile (SAM) with passive infrared homing guidance, similar to the US Army Stinger.
The 9K32 is a tail-chase missile dependent on the operator’s ability to lock it onto the heat source of low-flying jets and helicopters.
Armoury Description
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9K32 Strela-2
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Faction - CDF
- ChDKZ
- NAPA
- Takistani Army
Type Surface-to-Air Missile Launcher
Caliber 72 mm
Magazine
capacity
1
Variants None
Games
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The 9K32 Strela-2 is a 72 mm missile launcher that is used by several factions in ArmA 2.

Overview Edit

The 9K32 is a shoulder-launched, infrared-guided, man-portable surface-to-air missile launcher.

Like its predecessor in Cold War Assault, the ArmA 2 9K32 is mostly identical function and appearance-wise, save for the ArmA 2 version having a far greater effective range of between 2,350 metres and up to a maximum of 4,200 metres.

It serves as a low-tech counterpart to the newer 9K38 Igla SAM exclusively operated by the Russian Armed Forces, and is used by multiple factions in-game, ranging from former-Soviet bloc armies/paramilitary groups such as the CDF and NAPA guerrillas/Chedaki insurgents, as well as Takistani Army-allied militiamen and anti-government fighters alike. The 9K32 is a fairly common sight amongst these factions, and is also on occasion mounted onto helicopters as a short-range air-to-air weapon for self-defence.

Unsurprisingly, the 9K32's outdated IR seeker has very low resistance against countermeasure flares and can be easily diverted away from most modern aircraft; provided that they're equipped with an Infrared Warning Reciever (IWR) to detect an incoming Strela missile. Even then, an IWR-less aircraft's pilot will still be able to see the 9K32's smoke trail which can be easily spotted if they pay close attention to their surroundings.

It also has the shortest lock-on range of all SAM launchers that caps out at 4,200 metres. For comparison, the American FIM-92F has a maximum range of 4,800 metres, while the 9K38 has a cap of 5,200 metres.

On top of its extremely poor reliability, its missiles also occupy the same number of inventory slots as its newer counterparts. Overall, this makes the 9K32 a completely useless weapon to use in almost every scenario. Unless there are no alternatives to it, the 9K32 should be avoided in favour of newer generation SAM launchers instead.

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Weapons of comparable role and configuration Edit