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Hello, /hob/. I like military. I also like air defence. Specifically, MANPADS. Today I will tell you about a russian MANPADS 9K38 "Igla", also known as SA-18 "Grouse" by NATO classification. I will teach you the basics of its construction, working principles, how to operate it and how to not die immediately after firing it at an incoming SU-24. Stay tuned, wizards.


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First of all, what is a MANPADS? MANPADS is a man-portable air defence system. Pretty much a tube with a bunch of electronics connected to a missile. Nothing special. What is special, however, is the missile itself. 9M39 consists of five parts: the optical aiming head, the steering system, the explosive payload, the marching engine and the starting engine.

The optical aiming head is responsible for the homing ability of the missile. Or it's the missile's eye, simply put.

The steering system is responsible for the aerial control of the missile during flight.

The explosive payload is responsible for the detonation of missile upon impact or upon reaching close proximity to the target.

The marching engine is responsible for keeping the missile flying and powering its on-board systems.

The starting engine is responsible for giving the missile a starting boost and make it leave the launch tube. After finishing its task it is detached from the missile and is left in the launch tube.


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How does it actually work? Easy! The optical aiming head detects the target's infrared signature, captures it and then activates the launching sequence. After launch the missile gains air stability by rotating itself. After that it tries to make its sight axis (as it keeps its sight on the target) and its main axis align. Upon reaching the target the missile is detonated along with any fuel left on-board. The target is then affected not only by the power of the explosion itself, but also by the fractured parts of the missile's hull.


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And now you may ask: "How do I shot MANPADS?". That is also quite easy to do, luckily for you! The complex itself consits of the launch tube, the aforementioned missile, the ground power supply and the launch mechanism. Remove all caps from the launch tube, make sure the ground power supply is attached to the launch tube (it's that little assembly with a spherical canister covered by rubber, it is attached to the front port under the launch tube's muzzle). Attach the launch mechanism to the contact array on the bottom of the launch tube. Do not forget to unfold the sights and the puncturing handle!

After that firing the complex is also no hard task at all. When you detect the target and it is in your firing range, simply pull on the puncturing handle so that it goes all the way to the back. The ground power supply is now active. Wait approximately 1.5-2 seconds, after which the optical homing head is cooled down enough for optimal performance. Fully press down the trigger on the launch mechanism to fire in "auto" mode. The optical homing head is now active and you may attempt to lock on target. Simply look through the sights and allign them with the target. Wait for the lock-on. In "auto" mode the missile will automatically fly off when it finds the target, so you even need to do anything else at this point! The missile will make a loud whining noise, after which it will take off to the skies in pursuit of its target. If you're lucky and the pilot is not and also stupid, then the missile shall reach its target and you will get your airplane frag. Congratulations, pat yourself on the back.


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Now you've got an empty launch tube on your hands. The flying missile leaves a clear trail in the sky. The trail that can be traced back to you. The trail that the artillery can use to fuck your shit up big time. So what do you do if you want to live?

If you do not need to have your "plane frag" to be confirmed, then you may immediately detach the launch mechanism and drop the now emtpy launch tube.

If you do need to have your frag confirmed, then it's more complicated. First, you return the puncturing handle to its starting position. After that you detach the ground power supply from the tube by pressing the button under the puncturing handle and pushing the power supply forward. Then you collapse the sights and the handle. After that you can put the tube on yourself, it has a carrying strap attached to it. Now you can GET THE FUCK OUT OH SHIT OH FUCK THEY ARE FIRING AT YOU RUN RUN RUN!

Done. I didn't mention a lot of things, so if you have any questions - feel free to ask.

Have a good day.


Can I buy a MANPADS for personal use?


If you have connections to the black market - sure.


It's interesting to me that despite the large amount of stingers sent to Ukraine, it looks like most of the videos that have been released of Ukrainians soldiers shooting down Russian aircraft have in fact been from Iglas not from Stingers. Do you know how the capabilities of these two weapons compare? Are they fairly similar?


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They are comparable. Or were when the "Igla" was still "new", the "Stinger" has received a lot of upgrades and modernisations since then. Nowadays it would be more fair to compare it to the newest russian MANPADS 9K333 "Verba" aka "Willow", which judging by it's tactical and technical characteristics, surpasses the Stinger in terms of possible striking height and range. It's optical seeker also has more channels to lock on targets with (the near and mid-infrared and ultraviolet while the stinger is just infrared and ultraviolet). It is also heavy as fuck, though. And besides, the Stinger's growing obsolete in the next few years and is going to be replaced by a better, newer MANPADS, so… Yeah, not a big achievement for Verba.


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There is a secret type of ammo you might be able to utilize.


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Anon, kits (or kots) are not a valid replacement for a homing anti-air missile.


Ukrainian army was/is mostly equipped with soviet/russian stuff overall.


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A Luftfaust anti-air "firestorm" launcher and ammo ca be manufactured with a basic 3D printer, some common tools, off-the-shelf chemicals, standard hardware store fittings, and a carbon fiber winding jig (cheap).


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Best way to shoot down a plane is another plane. Otherwise use AAA or SAM; beware SEAD/DEAD planes though.


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F-2 is the best version of the F-16


those ear tufts are perfect

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