NOTE: This article is about 9K32 SAMs in the main ArmA games. For 9K32Ms in ArmA 3's Global Mobilization - Cold War Germany Creator DLC, see 9K32M Strela-2 (Global Mobilization).


The 9K32 Strela-2 is a 72 mm missile launcher featured in ArmA: Cold War Assault, ArmA: Armed Assault and ArmA 2.

ArmA: Cold War Assault

« The 9K32 Strela-2 is a Soviet-era man-portable SAM system. In the West it is known by the NATO reporting name SA-7 Grail. The 9K32 was developed as a more capable alternative to anti-aircraft guns for engaging fighter jets, and uses an infrared seeker to track its targets. It remains as one of the most widely used MANPADS system in the world.
Weapon Description
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9K32 Strela
OFP-icon-strela.png
Faction Icon-side-redfor.png Soviet Union
Icon-side-greenfor.png Nogovan Partisans
Type Surface-to-Air Missile Launcher
Calibre 72 mm
Magazine
capacity
1
Variants None
Games
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The 9K32 Strela 72 mm missile launcher.

The 9K32 Strela is primarily used by the Soviet military, as well as in limited numbers with the Nogovan Partisans in ArmA: Cold War Assault.

Overview

The 9K32 is a portable, surface-to-air launcher that is designed to launch infrared-guided missiles at low-flying and medium altitude aircraft.

It can only load missiles fitted with a high-explosive (HE) warhead, and has an effective range of between 400 and up to a maximum of 1,200 metres. The 9K32 lacks magnified optics and uses a simple ironsight with a cross-shaped reticle instead.

The 9K32 is the Soviet counterpart to the American-made FIM-92 Stinger missile launcher. Both are short-ranged, infrared-guided, man-portable SAMs that are designed to take down helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft alike.

Aside from the obvious visual differences between the two weapons, the 9K32 is completely identical performance-wise to the Stinger. It also shares the same drawback of being excessively heavy to carry; each missile requires six inventory slots at the minimum which restricts the 9K32 to being a single-shot weapon only (assuming the user is on the move and cannot resupply).


Munitions

9K32s are limited to loading and firing one type of missile. They take require six free inventory slots to carry:

9K32 Missile

Damage type Base damage value
High-Explosive 400

Missiles are always hard launched with an initial velocity of 30 m/s. They take a further three seconds after launch to reach a top speed of 350 m/s in mid-flight. The warhead itself has a blast radius of 2 metres.


Trivia

  • Cold War Assault's 9K32 has much smaller lock-on range compared to its real-world counterpart. Even the earliest models of the 9K32 had a maximum tracking distance of 3,700 metres; more than double that of the in-game 9K32.
    • The drastic reduction in range was most likely done for gameplay "balancing" purposes, as the lack of deployable countermeasures for aircraft in Cold War Assault (as opposed to titles later in the series) would have made helicopters almost impossible to fly against AA-equipped infantry units.

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ArmA: Armed Assault

« The 9K32 Strela-2 (NATO name SA-7 Grail) is a man-portable, shoulder-fired surface-to-air missile (SAM) similar to the US Army Stinger, with passive infrared homing guidance.
The 9K32 is a tail-chase missile dependent on the operator’s ability to lock it onto the heat source of low-flying jets and helicopters.
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9K32 Strela
Arma2-icon-strela.png
Faction Icon-side-redfor.png SLA
Type Surface-to-Air Missile Launcher
Calibre 72 mm
Magazine
capacity
1
Variants None
Games
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The 9K32 Strela-2 72 mm missile launcher.

The 9K32 Strela is used exclusively by the SLA in ArmA: Armed Assault.

Overview

Returning in Armed Assault, the 9K32 continues to serve as a simple, shoulder-carried fire-and-forget SAM launcher.

Like its predecessor in Cold War Assault, the Armed Assault 9K32 still loads 72 mm missiles fitted with HE warheads, and is mostly identical both function and appearance-wise. The main difference is that it now has an increased maximum lock-on range of 2,500 metres instead.

As the SLA's counterpart to the American FIM-92F Stinger, both are essentially the same capability-wise. The only drawback of the 9K32 is that its HE warhead inflicts slightly less damage, though the difference is negligible given that the 9K32 will still disable most helicopters in a single hit regardless.


Munitions

9K32s can only be loaded with one type of missile. Each missile occupies six inventory slots apiece:

9K32 Missile

Damage type Base damage value
High-Explosive 66

Missiles are hard launched with an initial velocity of just 5 m/s. They will continue to gain speed 2.5 seconds after launch until they reach a maximum of 800 m/s in mid-flight. Their warheads have a blast radius of 7 metres.


Trivia

  • For unknown reasons, the 9K32's missile actually has the maximumControlRange parameter defined in its config entry and theoretically, this would allow the operator to utilise SACLOS guidance for the missile up to a maximum distance of 1,200 metres. Because the manualControl parameter is not enabled as well however, the 9K32 cannot be controlled manually in-game.

Gallery

ArmA 2

« The 9K32 Strela-2 (NATO name SA-7 Grail) is a man-portable, shoulder-fired surface-to-air missile (SAM) with passive infrared homing guidance, similar to the US Army Stinger.
The 9K32 is a tail-chase missile dependent on the operator’s ability to lock it onto the heat source of low-flying jets and helicopters.
Armoury Description
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9K32 Strela-2
Arma2-icon-strela.png
Faction Icon-side-blufor.png CDF
Icon-side-redfor.png ChDKZ
Icon-side-greenfor.png NAPA
Icon-side-redfor.png Takistani Army
Icon-side-redfor.png Takistani Militia
Type Surface-to-Air Missile Launcher
Calibre 72 mm
Magazine
capacity
1
Variants None
Games
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The 9K32 Strela-2 72 mm missile launcher.

The 9K32 Strela-2 is used by several BLUFOR, OPFOR and Independent factions in ArmA 2.

Overview

The ArmA 2 9K32 returns once more and continues to serve as the standard-issue SAM launcher for many more factions.

It is mostly identical capability and function-wise but unlike in Armed Assault, the ArmA 2 9K32 now has a far greater lock-on range of between 2,350 metres and up to a maximum of 4,200 metres.

It serves as a low-tech counterpart to the newer 9K38 Igla SAM exclusively operated by the Russian Armed Forces, and is used by multiple factions in-game, ranging from former-Soviet bloc armies/paramilitary groups such as the CDF and NAPA guerrillas/Chedaki insurgents, as well as with Takistani Army-allied militiamen.

The 9K32 is a fairly common sight amongst these factions, and is also on occasion mounted onto helicopters as a short-range air-to-air weapon for self-defence.

ChDKZ insurgent with a 9K32.

Unsurprisingly, the 9K32's outdated IR seeker has very low resistance against countermeasure flares and can be easily diverted away from most modern aircraft; provided that they're equipped with an Infrared Warning Reciever (IWR) to detect an incoming Strela missile.

Even then, an IWR-less aircraft's pilot will still be able to see the 9K32's smoke trail which can be easily spotted if they pay close attention to their surroundings.

It also has the shortest lock-on range of all SAM launchers that caps out at 4,200 metres. For comparison, the American FIM-92F has a maximum range of 4,800 metres, while the 9K38 has a cap of 5,200 metres.

On top of its extremely poor reliability, its missiles also occupy the same number of inventory slots as its newer counterparts. Overall, this makes the 9K32 a completely useless weapon to use in almost every scenario. Unless there are no alternatives to it, the 9K32 should be avoided in favour of newer generation SAM launchers instead.


Munitions

9K32s are limited to only one type of missile. Missiles always take up to six inventory slots to carry:

9K32 Missile

Damage type Base damage value
High-Explosive 66

Missiles are hard launched with an initial velocity of 40 m/s. They will continuing gaining speed over a period of 1.5 seconds after launch until they hit a maximum of 580 m/s. The seeker has a 20% chance of losing lock to countermeasure flares, while the warhead retains a blast radius of 8 metres.


Trivia


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See also

Weapons of comparable role and configuration

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