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SA-24 (Grinch) / 9K338 Igla-S


Man-Portable, Shoulder-Launched Anti-Aircraft Missile System


Russia | 2004



"The SA-24 Grinch is a modern Russian Army man-portable anti-aircraft missile system."



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The culmination of missile design work by Soviet engineers in the 1950s and 1960s became the 9K338 "Igla-S" (NATO: SA-24 "Grinch") man-portable, shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missile of 2004. The path was evolved through the preceding 9K32, 9K32M, 9K34, 9K310, 9K38 and 9K310 marks throughout the Cold War decades and into the new millennium. As was the case with the previous marks, the 9K338 series is built upon new systems that are designed to resist modern countermeasures. The 9K338 makes use of the improved "Igla-S" missile.

As with the previous line of shoulder-launched Soviet-Russian originated missile systems, the 9K338 features a slim launch tube housing the missile, integrated optics and guidance and a trigger with grip unit. Night vision is standard with each 9K338 unit. The newer missile features a heavier and more potent warhead for maximized damage capabilities while sporting a contact and timed fuse with increased engagement ranges. The warhead is of High-Explosive Fragmentation (HE-FRAG) and weighs 2.5 kilograms. Guidance is through IR-homing with engagement ranges between 500 meters and 6,000 meters. The 9K338 is a line-of-sight weapon requiring the target and operator to have a clean line of vision between them. It is intended for low-flying aircraft such as helicopters, strike platforms and transports.

To date (2013), operators of the 9K338 series are the Russian Army, Brazil, Iran, Libya, Slovenia, Syria, Venezuela and Vietnam. Iraq began receiving a collection of Igla-S MANPADS in late 2014 as part of a deal the government signed with Russia back on October 2012.

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Physical
The physical qualities of the SA-24 (Grinch) / 9K338 Igla-S. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
1,574 mm
61.97 in
O/A Length
1,574 mm
61.97 in
Barrel Length
23.81 lb
10.80 kg
Weight
Electrically-Actuated; Shoulder-Launched; Homing
Action
72mm
Caliber(s)
Single-Shot
Feed
Integrated Optics.
Sights
Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the SA-24 (Grinch) / 9K338 Igla-S. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
19,680 ft
5,998.5 m | 6,560.0 yds
Max.Eff.Range
1
Rounds-Per-Minute
Rate-of-Fire
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the SA-24 (Grinch) / 9K338 Igla-S Man-Portable, Shoulder-Launched Anti-Aircraft Missile System family line.
9K338 "Igla-S" - Russian GRAU designation
SA-24 "Grinch" - NATO Codename
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the SA-24 (Grinch) / 9K338 Igla-S. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national small arms listing.

Contractor(s): KB Maschinostroyeniya - Russia
National flag of Brazil National flag of Iraq National flag of Iran National flag of Libya National flag of Russia National flag of Slovenia National flag of Syria National flag of Vietnam National flag of Venezuela

[ Brazil; Iraq; Iran; Libya; Russia; Slovenia; Syria; Venezuela; Vietnam ]
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