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

Man-Portable, Shoulder-Launched Anti-Aircraft Missile System (2004)

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

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 09/13/2019 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
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.


Service Year

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

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
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Ability to engage low-flying aerial threats.

Overall Length
1,574 mm
61.97 in
Barrel Length
1,574 mm
61.97 in
Empty Wgt
23.81 lb
10.80 kg

Integrated Optics.


Electrically-Actuated; Shoulder-Launched; Homing

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Cartridge relative size chart
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**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Max Eff.Range
19,680 ft
(5,998 m | 6,560 yd)

9K338 "Igla-S" - Russian GRAU designation
SA-24 "Grinch" - NATO Codename

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