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SA-25 / 9K333 Verba

Shoulder-Launched Anti-Aircraft Missile System [ 2014 ]

The 9K333 Verba short-ranged airspace denial weapon was introduced by Russia in 2014.

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The 9K333 "Verba" (translating to "Willow") - NATO designation of "SA-25" - is a shoulder-launched, MAN-Portable Air-Defense (MANPAD) Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) system of Russian origin. The system is similar in function to the American "Stinger" series, utilizing an InfraRed (IR) homing capability to down short-ranged, low-flying aerial targets but continues the form established by the Cold War-era Igla SAM systems of the Soviet Union. The series saw service introduction in 2014 and is manufactured by KB Mashinostroyenlya who has produced it since 2011.

The Russian military joins Armenia and Syria in use of the 9K333 as of 2022. The product has been used to succeed the aging line of Igla-S SAM launchers in Russian service.

Much like the American Stinger series, the base design of the 9K333 showcases a long cylinder housing the spring-loaded finned missile. A pistol grip / trigger unit actuates the device and optics are integral. The primary operating components of the weapon are all set at the front of the system, supported by the operator's hands/arms, with the remaining tube supported by the firer's shoulder (allies best steer clear of the generated back-blast).

The weapon fires a missile with a triple-channel (three sensors = UV, near-IR, and mid-IR) optical seeker that can reach out to targets at an altitude of 21,000 feet. Propulsion of the missile component is by solid-fueled motor and the component is capped with a 3.3lb warhead. This solution is capable of dealing with both fixed-wing and rotary-wing threats (including unmanned drones) at range, its tactical value maximized when fired from concealment (as in an ambush action).

Beyond its man-portable quality, the weapon can also be affixed to vehicles and naval vessels to provide point-defense capabilities against inbound aerial threats.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Shoulder-Launched Anti-Aircraft Missile System

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Ability to engage low-flying aerial threats.

Overall Length
1,575 mm
62.01 in
Barrel Length
1,575 mm
62.01 in
Empty Wgt
23.15 lb
10.50 kg

Integrated Optics


Electrically Activated

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Single-Shot; Reusable Launch Tube
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Max Eff.Range
14,765 ft
(4,500 m | 4,922 yd)

9K333 "Verba" - Base Series Designation.

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