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NOTE: This article is about SPG-9 guns in the main ArmA games. For their counterpart in ArmA 3's Global Mobilization - Cold War Germany Creator DLC, see SPG-9 (Global Mobilization).


The SPG-9 is a 73 mm recoilless gun featured in both ArmA 2 and ArmA 3.

ArmA 2

« The SPG-9 Kopye (in English: Spear) is a Russian recoilless gun. It fires fin-stabilized, rocked-assisted 73 mm HE or HEAT projectiles with effective range of about 800 m.
The SPG-9 is usually used as a light anti-tank weapon, transported by vehicles.
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SPG-9 73 mm
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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png CDF
Icon-side-redfor.png ChDKZ
Icon-side-redfor.png Takistani Militia
Icon-side-greenfor.png NAPA
Icon-side-greenfor.png Takistani Rebels
Type Recoilless Anti-Tank Gun
Calibre 73 mm
Magazine
capacity
1
Variants None
Games
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The SPG-9 is used by several BLUFOR, REDFOR and INDFOR factions in ArmA 2.

Overview

The SPG-9 is a static/vehicle-mounted recoilless gun that is chambered to fire 73 mm grenade rounds.

It has a maximum fire rate of only 20 rounds per minute. The SPG-9 uses a simple optical sight with range markings that allow it to be used up to maximum distance of 800 metres.

Both vehicle-mounted and static SPG-9s can load grenade rounds fitted with either high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) or high-explosive fragmentation (HE-Frag) warheads. SPG-9s have up to 10 HE-Frag and 5 HEAT grenades spare as part of their loadouts, and can be swivelled to a maximum of 45 degrees in both directions.

The SPG-9 serves as a low-tech vehicle/static AT launcher. Commonly mounted onto Offroads and UAZ-469s, it's mainly employed by factions which cannot afford to use more expensive guided launchers like the CDF or militia groups allied to the Takistani Army.

Naturally, a consequence of this compromise is that the SPG-9 lacks utility as a long range weapon compared to the Russian Metis AT-13. Other drawbacks include its mediocre sights which cannot toggle thermal/night vision modes, and cannot zoom as far either.

It should be noted that both rounds (PG-9N/OG-9V) have minimum fuse ranges of 5 and 12 metres respectively; below those distances it will not explode on impact and will simply self-destruct after a few seconds.


Munitions

The SPG-9 is able to load two types of grenade rounds:

PG-9N

PG-9N

Damage type Base damage value
High-Explosive Anti-Tank 320

Anti-armour grenade. Uses a high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead.

The PG-9N has moderate armour piercing capabilities and damage-wise lies between the RPG-7V's standard PG-7V and the heavier PG-7VL grenade.

While it technically can pierce through the armour of medium IFVs such as the BTR-90, it's better employed against lighter vehicles like the BTR-60 instead since the charge is fairly weak. Main Battle Tanks will also be practically immune to the PG-9N unless multiple direct hits on the engine are scored.

It has an initial launch velocity speed of 435 m/s and a maximum of 700 m/s. The warhead has a blast radius of just 1 metre.

OG-9V

OG-9V

Damage type Base damage value
High-Explosive 120

Anti-personnel/anti-structure grenade. Uses a high-explosive fragmentation (HE-Frag) warhead.

The OG-9V is purely an anti-personnel munition and lacks any sort of anti-armour capability. It has the 2.5 times the splash radius of the PG-9N round, and is highly effective when used against clumped-up infantry targets along with structures and (most) unarmoured vehicles.

It has an initial launch velocity speed of 316 m/s and a maximum of 700 m/s. The warhead has a blast radius of 10 metres.


Trivia

  • SPG-9s used by all pre-Operation Arrowhead factions cannot be unpacked from or packed into a man-portable backpack.
    • This is because ArmA 2 units from the base game lack the ability to carry backpacks in the first place and therefore do not require backpacks for them.

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ArmA 3

SPG-9 73 mm
Faction Icon-side-blufor.png FIA
Icon-side-greenfor.png Syndikat
Icon-side-greenfor.png L'Ensemble
Type Recoilless Anti-Tank Gun
Calibre 73 mm
Magazine
capacity
1
Variants None
Games
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The SPG-9 is used by several BLUFOR and INDFOR factions in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the Tanks DLC.

Overview

Returning from ArmA 2, the SPG-9 now serves exclusively as a vehicle-mounted weapon and is no longer available in a static turret configuration.

Its can now load either individual HEAT/HE grenade rounds but also supports being fed with 12-round HEAT/8-round HE grenade "magazines". The SPG-9's rate of fire has been drastically reduced compared to its ArmA 2 counterpart however, and is now limited to 10 RPM only.

The SPG-9 is mounted onto MB 4WD SUVs and Offroad pickups, and continues to rely on a basic optical scope with no night or thermal vision capability.

As in ArmA 2, the ArmA 3 SPG-9 serves as a low-tech counterpart to modern ATGM systems like the 9M135 Vorona. As an outdated multi-purpose weapon however, the SPG-9 is largely obsolete on the modern battlefield as both of its grenade rounds are quite mediocre performance-wise.

Though it is capable of hitting targets at distances of up to 1,200 metres depending on the operator's skill, the SPG-9's slow rate of fire, painstakingly long reload time, and lack of a modern FCS, makes it inferior even to automatic grenade launchers like the Mk32 GMG.


Munitions

The SPG-9 is still capable of loading two types of rounds:

PG-9N

Warhead Damage type Base damage value Penetration depth (mm)
Primary High-Explosive 95 N/A
Secondary Kinetic 450 400

Uses a tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead.

The PG-9N is reserved exclusively for anti-vehicle purposes. Damage-wise however, the PG-9N's penetrator submunition is relatively lacklustre compared to the RPG-42's PG-42V grenade. The explosive charge itself is also quite weak and will not be capable of destroying a slat cage unless it's already been damaged.

It has an initial launch velocity speed of 435 m/s and a maximum of 700 m/s. The explosive charge has a blast radius of 3.5 metres, while the kinetic submunition has a launch velocity of 1,000 m/s and a penetration depth of 400 millimetres.

OG-9VM

Damage type Base damage value
High-Explosive 100

Uses a high-explosive (HE) warhead.

Designed exclusively as an anti-personnel round, the OG-9VM lacks a penetrator submunition and only contains a HE-based warhead.

Unfortunately, the OG-9VM is plagued by the same issues affecting the anti-vehicle PG-9N grenade; namely that it's extremely weak and has a tiny splash radius compared to most anti-personnel munitions. The HE blast itself for instance, inflicts exactly half the damage of the RPG-42's TBG-42V grenade. Worse yet, the OG-9VM's blast radius is a meagre 3.5 metres compared to the TBG-42's 6 metres. When compared to the Titan Compact's AP missile, the OG-9VM's blast radius clocks in at less than half its area of effect.

Overall, the OG-9VM is largely redundant even for the anti-personnel role that it's intended to fulfil. Except for landing direct hits on unarmoured vehicles, it is best to avoid wasting time on switching to the OG-9VM round unless there's absolutely no PG-9N grenades left to load.

It has an initial launch velocity speed of 435 m/s and a maximum of 700 m/s. The warhead has a blast radius of 3.5 metres.


Trivia

  • The SPG-9 is the only mounted heavy weapon that is not available as a static turret in ArmA 3.
  • Though it is considered to be Tanks DLC content, the SPG-9 armed Offroad can be freely used regardless of whether players own the DLC or not since it is a part of the free platform update.
    • This does not extend to the MB 4WD's AT variant however, as the latter is a premium asset from the Apex expansion pack which requires ownership of the DLC to freely utilise.
The information below details unused, pre-release or removed content.
  • A static turret derivative of ArmA 3's SPG-9 was considered at some point during development for the Tanks DLC. However, it was scrapped early on due to time constraints.

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See also

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.
Operation Arrowhead | British Armed Forces | Private Military Company | Army of the Czech Republic
Arma2-factionicon-cdf.png CDF - Armoury (ArmA 2)
Handguns Makarov 9 mm
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mm
Assault rifles AK-74 5.45 mm (AK-74 GP-25, AKS-74) • AKS 7.62 mm
Sniper rifles SVD Dragunov 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons RPK-74 5.45 mm
Machineguns PKM 7.62 mm
Launchers 9K32 Strela-2RPG-7V
Static AGS-30D-30DShKM2B14 PodnosSearchlightSPG-9ZU-23
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Arma2-factionicon-chdkz.png ChDKZ - Armoury (ArmA 2)
Handguns Makarov 9 mm
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mm
Assault rifles AK-74 5.45 mm (AK-74 GP-25, AKS-74) • AKM 7.62 mmAKS 7.62 mm
Sniper rifles CZ 550 9.3 mmSVD Dragunov 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons RPK-74 5.45 mm
Machine guns PKM 7.62 mm
Launchers 9K32 Strela-2RPG-7V
Static AGS-30D-30DShKM2B14 PodnosSearchlightSPG-9ZU-23
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Arma2-factionicon-napa.png NAPA - Armoury (ArmA 2)
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mm
Assault rifles AK-74 5.45 mm (AK-74 GP-25, AKS-74) • AKM 7.62 mmAKS 7.62 mm
Sniper rifles CZ 550 9.3 mmSVD Dragunov 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons RPK-74 5.45 mm
Machineguns PKM 7.62 mm
Launchers 9K32 Strela-2FIM-92F StingerRPG-7V
Static DShKM2B14 PodnosSearchlightSPG-9ZU-23
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
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