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« The Igla (in English: Needle) is a Russian, man-portable infrared homing surface-to-air missile weapon. This weapon is designated as "SA-18" in the US and its NATO reporting name is "Grouse."
The Igla uses 9M39 missiles. This weapon is highly valued for its resistance to countermeasures. Because of its easy availability on the black market it has often been used in terrorist attacks on civilian aircraft over last 30 years, mostly in Africa.
Armoury Description

9K38 Igla
Faction Icon-side-redfor.png Russian Armed Forces
Type Surface-to-Air Missile Launcher
Diameter 72 mm
Variants Igla AA Pod
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The 9K38 Igla 72 mm missile launcher.

The 9K38 Igla is a 72 mm surface-to-air missile launcher used exclusively by the Russian Armed Forces in ArmA 2.


The 9K38 Igla is a shoulder-launched, man-portable surface-to-air missile launcher.

It is designed to be loaded with 72 mm infrared-guided missiles fitted with high-explosive fragmentation (HE-Frag) warheads only, and is highly effective against helicopters and low-flying fixed-wing aircraft. It utilises a simple ironsight for aiming and has a hollow circular post reticle. The 9K38 has an effective range of between 3,100 and up to a maximum of 5,200 metres.

The 9K38 is a powerful SAM launcher used by Russian military forces deployed to Chernarus. Unlike its older predecessor, the 9K38 uses an improved IR seeker that has increased resistance against aircraft countermeasure flares, as well as significantly increased range and accuracy.

Loaded for bear, a Russian conscript readies his 9K38 Igla.

Compared to its American counterpart, the 9K38 is superior in every aspect. Not only does the launcher itself have a greater maximum lock-on range of 5,200 metres versus the Stinger's maximum of 4,800 metres, but its missiles fly slightly faster and can turn more sharply in midair to counter aircraft attempting to outmanoeuvre it.

However, it is recommended to operate the 9K38 in two- or three-man teams who can haul additional missiles for the main operator. This is because each missile requires six inventory slots which will cause its user to run out of missiles after just a single shot (unless they choose to forgo carrying ammunition for their primary weapon altogether).

Nonetheless, the 9K38's upsides far outweigh its sole downside (inventory space). They essentially make the 9K38 the undisputed man-portable SAM launcher to bring onto any mission where enemy aircraft are expected to show up. Short of being in a bad position or heavy flare usage by the target, the 9K38 will almost always never miss its target.


Igla Missile

The 9K38 is only capable of loading and firing one type of missile. It requires six free inventory slots to carry:

Damage type Base damage value
High-Explosive 70

The missile will only require an extra 1.5 seconds to reach a maximum flight speed of 800 m/s. The warhead has a blast radius of 8 metres while the seeker has a 20% susceptibility to flare countermeasures.


  • A dual-mount version of the 9K38 is fitted onto a tripod as a static weapon.
    • This configuration is based on a real-life variant of the 9K38 called the "Djigit", and is commonly employed as a mounted weapon on vehicles and defensive fortifications.
    • However, the in-game launchers themselves are strangely based on the older 9K32 Strela-2 and not the 9K38 for unknown reasons.


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Weapons of comparable role and configuration

Weapons of ArmA 2
Handguns CZ 75 9 mmG17 9 mmM1911 .45M9 9 mmMakarov 9 mmRevolver .45
Submachine guns CZ Scorpion Evo 3 A1 9 mmMP5 9 mmPDW 9 mmPP-19 Bizon 9 mmSa-61 Scorpion 7.65 mm
Shotguns M1014Saiga 12KAA-12
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mm* • G36 series* (G36C*, G36K*) • M4A1 5.56 mm (M4A1 M203, M4A3, M4A3 M203) • Mk16 CQC 5.56 mmXM8 Compact 5.56 mm
Assault rifles AK-107 5.45 mm (AK-107 GP-25) • AK-74 5.45 mm (AK-74 GP-25*, AKS-74*) • AKM 7.62 mmAKS 7.62 mm* • CZ 805 BREN A1 5.56 mm (CZ 805 A1 G1, CZ 805 BREN A2, CZ 805 B1 G1) • FN FAL 7.62 mmG36A 5.56 mm* • L85A2 5.56 mm (L85A2 UGL) • M16A2 5.56 mm* (M16A2 M203*) • M16A4 5.56 mm (M16A4 M203) • SCAR series (Mk16, Mk16 EGLM, Mk17, Mk17 EGLM) • Sa-58 7.62 mmXM8 series (XM8, XM8 M320)
Designated marksman rifles DMR 7.62 mmL86A2 LSW 5.56 mmM14 7.62 mmMk12 SPR 5.56 mmMk17 Sniper 7.62 mmVSS Vintorez 9 mmXM8 Sharpshooter 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles AS50 12.7 mmCZ 550 9.3 mmCZ 750 S1 M1 .308KSVK 12.7 mm* • Lee-Enfield .303LRR .338M107 .50* • M110 7.62 mmM24 7.62 mm* (M40A3) • SVD Dragunov 7.62 mm*
Squad automatic weapons L110A1 5.56 mmM249 SAW 5.56 mm* • MG36 5.56 mm* • RPK-74 5.45 mmXM8 Automatic Rifle 5.56 mm
Machine guns L7A2 GPMG 7.62 mmMk 48 Mod 0 7.62 mm* • M240 7.62 mm* • M60E4 7.62 mmPKP 7.62 mmPKM 7.62 mmUK-59 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers M32M79Mk13
Launchers 9K32 Strela-29K38 Igla9K115-2 Metis-MFGM-148 JavelinFIM-92F StingerM136M47 DragonMAAWSNLAWRPG-7VRPG-18SMAW
Static AGS-30D-30DShKMIgla AA PodKORDL111A1L134A1M119A1M2M252Mk19Metis AT-132B14 PodnosRBS-70SearchlightSPG-9StingerTOWZU-23
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* indicates partial DLC dependency.
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Arma2-factionicon-russianarmedforces.png Russian Armed Forces - Armoury (ArmA 2)
Handguns Makarov 9 mm
Submachine guns PP-19 Bizon 9 mm
Shotguns Saiga 12K
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mm
Assault rifles AK-107 5.45 mm (AK-107 GP-25)
Designated marksman rifles VSS Vintorez 9 mm
Sniper rifles KSVK 12.7 mmSVD Dragunov 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons RPK-74 5.45 mm
Machineguns PKP 7.62 mmPKM 7.62 mm
Launchers 9K38 Igla9K115-2 Metis-MRPG-7VRPG-18
Static AGS-30D-30Igla AA PodKORDMetis AT-13Searchlight
(Parenthesis) denote variants.