Its a classic Russian fire pocket. The MANPADs team lie prone in the forward dugouts hiding their Verbas while the mobile detachment of Strela-10s and Zu-23s open fire on the enemy. With the target sufficiently distracted the MANPADs team would then brandish their Verbas and open fire, skewering the enemy in the crossfire.
magnumcromagnon wrote:0:30 a rare up-close view of Verba in use. Almost like a FPS videogame.
Never seen an SA-13 with what looked like one strela missile and two manpads, can some correct me wasn't so clear is was the just the mount for more strela missiles. I guess wouldn't be a bad idea having a mix of missiles makes it harder for the enemy to counter it, and the strela is a heavier warhead which could be useful against armoured aircraft/Heli. Latest version of strela 5kg warhead(older version 3kg) Vs verba 1.5kg.
For the exercise they obviously only planned to launch one Strela-10 missile so only one launch tube/box was fitted to the SA-13 vehicle.
The targets seemed to be engaged with 23mm cannon and MANPADS for the most part.
I have seen a South African upgrade of the SA-13 from the 1990s that could carry SA-9 and SA-13 missiles... the former being smaller and lighter and cheaper but also less capable, so a mix of missiles was carried operationally and the operator could decide on which missile to launch depending on the threat.
A simple cruise missile target does not require a newer higher performance missile, while a more difficult target or better protected target might require a more capable missile with a better warhead.
Certainly the SA-13 vehicle gives the missile operator some armour protection as well as a wind screen and optical and electronic sensors to detect targets.
I would think being connected to the air defence network should also allow other sensors and systems to provide queueing information to make things easier too.
Apart from the ranging radar between the launch tubes to reduce missile waste when firing at targets out of range, there are also electronic sensor boxes on either side of the crew position that detect signals like terrain following radar height finding systems that aircraft and missiles use to fly low while avoiding terrain, which means you can detect an aircraft or missile coming and be pointed in the required direction well before it gets in range to engage and of course it is passive so they wont know you are there.
They generally make their missiles in enormous numbers so they probably have quite a few SA-9 missiles in stock. They do use SA-9 and SA-8 type missiles for target practise as target missiles with their original warheads removed and a simple autopilot fitted to be able to fly specific flight profiles to simulate specific targets when needed.
The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation will soon begin to adopt the new generation of MANPADS "Metka", 01/10/2021.
In Russia, the improvement of air defense systems and means continues. One of the directions of development is associated with the solution of the problem of destruction of air targets that try to "deceive" guided anti-aircraft missiles. For example, we are talking about targets such as a helicopter, which fires thermal traps to disorient a missile launched from MANPADS.
In an interview with a departmental publication "Red Star" the commander-in-chief of the Ground Forces, General Oleg Salyukov, announced the imminent adoption of portable anti-aircraft missile systems that do not react to heat traps.
We are talking about a new generation of MANPADS called Metka ("Label"). The ammunition of this complex is equipped with a special seeker (seeker, which, according to Army General O. Salyukov, is resistant to “all kinds of optical interference.”
By arming the troops of the Metka MANPADS, the effectiveness of fighting a variety of targets in the air will increase, including the already mentioned helicopters, as well as attack aircraft and unmanned vehicles.
The effectiveness of MANPADS of previous generations when trying to destroy a target was often limited precisely by the possibility of hitting aircraft that did not have optical-thermal interference. The new complex, as follows from the message, "overcomes" this restriction. Consequently, this opens up new perspectives for Army Air Defense calculations.
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That is interesting... I wonder if it is a version of Pine/Sosna laser beam riding missile... the missile does not look back at the target so flares and DIRCMS would not work against it...
Resistent to optical interference... it might be active radar homing... they are making those smaller all the time and such a short ranged weapon could be MMW radar that could also be used for anti tank missiles too...
For Russia portable missile is meant to be carried and fired by a single man and not by a team, who carry all components. So missile and launcher must be light enough. We will see, what solution they will use to counter flares and DIRCM.