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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. The pod is a support device with three legs, which heavily reduces the supersonic wave drag.
Armoury Description

Igla AA Pod
Faction Icon-side-redfor.png Russian Armed Forces
Icon-side-redfor.png Takistani Army
Type Surface-to-Air Missile Launcher
Diameter 72 mm
Variants None
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The Igla AA Pod is an anti-aircraft turret used by both the Russian Armed Forces and Takistani Army in ArmA 2.


The Igla AA Pod is a defensive, surface-to-air missile turret that launches infrared-guided missiles.

It is designed to launch Igla missiles at a rate of one every four seconds (15 missiles per minute). Each launcher comes pre-loaded with two missiles carries a further nine reloads (combined for a total of twenty individual missiles).

The Igla's 72 mm missiles are fitted with high-explosive fragmentation (HE-Frag) warheads, and are capable of hitting target at ranges of up to 5,200 metres away.

A static version of the handheld 9K38 SAM, the Igla AA Pod simply combines two handheld launchers and mounts them onto a tripod with a seat attached in-between.

Like its shoulder-launched counterpart, the static version launches the same missiles and is far superior to its American counterpart in every way, from lock-on range to missile aerodynamics, even right down to seeker resistance against flare countermeasures.

The only drawback to the Igla AA Pod stems from its increased reloading time. The American Stinger takes a mere 5 seconds to rearm both launchers after they're depleted. The Igla on the other hand, will require up to 30 seconds to fully rearm both launchers.

While its high performance and greater range do compensate for this increased reloading time, it does leave the turret's gunner vulnerable for longer periods of time in-between engagements.


The pod's twin launchers are only capable of firing one type of missile:

Damage type Base damage value
High-Explosive 70

Igla missiles take 1.5 seconds to reach a top speed of 800 m/s. The warheads utilise a high-explosive (HE) payload with a blast radius of 8 metres. Its seeker has a 20% chance of losing lock to countermeasures.


  • The Igla AA Pod is directly based on a real-world configuration of the 9K38 launcher called the "Djigit".
    • However, the twin launchers for the in-game Djigit are not actually modelled after the 9K38 but are based on the older 9K32 Strela instead. Whether this was a mistake or was a case of development oversight is not known.
  • Like the American Stinger, the Igla AA Pod is the first of the two missile-based static AA turrets in the entire series.


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Static 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.
Arma2-factionicon-takistaniarmy.png Takistani Army - Armoury (ArmA 2)
Handguns Makarov 9 mmRevolver .45
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mm
Assault rifles AK-74 5.45 mm (AK-74 GP-25, AKS-74) • FN-FAL 7.62 mmM16A2 5.56 mm (M16A2 M203)
Sniper rifles KSVK 12.7 mmSVD Dragunov 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons RPK-74 5.45 mm
Machineguns M240 7.62 mmPKM 7.62 mm
Launchers 9K32 Strela-2Metis-M 9K115-2RPG-7VRPG-18
Static AGS-30D-30Igla AA PodKORDMetis AT-132B14 PodnosSearchlightSPG-9ZU-23
(Parenthesis) denote variants. | Operation Arrowhead