15:05 10.01.2016(updated 15:20 10.01.2016)
Four of Russia’s airborne troop units received the newest combat equipment supplied in bundles which included the Verba man-portable surface-to-air defense system with the Barnaul-T automatic control system, as well as a single learning and training set, according to a military official.
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VERBA 9K333 MANPADS Man-Portable Air Defense Missile System
“However, the Russian Verba with its 9m336 rocket can take the enemy head-on, with a frontal attack. In such a scenario, the multispectral optical heat-seeker does not recognize the heat emitted by the engine of the aircraft, but the heat that builds up on the wings and fuselage from air resistance. In addition to its new heat-seeking head, the Russian Verba distinguishes itself from the Igla with its superior performance characteristics, in particular in the range and altitude at which it can hit its target.” (globalsecurity.org)
The VERBA 9K333 is the next generation of MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense System) designed and manufactured in Russia by the Company KBM (Konstruktorskoye Byuro Mashinostroyeniya). The systems was unveiled for the first time during the defense exhibition in Russia Army-2015. The first tests of the systems was completed in 2011. KBM qualified the 9K333 Verba system with the 9M336 missile in 2012 following which the company received approval for low rate initial production of the complete system. According engineer of KBM, the Verba system significantly improves upon the accuracy and performance of the earlier 9K338 Igla-S (SA-24 Grouse) MANPADS, primarily through the integration of a new multispectral optical seeker, which uses three sensors – ultraviolet, near-infrared, and mid-infrared – as opposed to the dual-waveband infrared used in the Igla-S system. The VERBA 9K33 is in service with the Russian Armed Forces since 2015. Verba is operated by a division of Airborne Forces and an infantry brigade of the Eastern Military District. At the end of 2015 the Airborne Forces received two divisional sets of the newest Verba man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS). KBM is also on the way to develop an air and naval variants of the system.
The layout of the VERBA 9K333 seems similar to the SA-24 with a missile launch tube containing the missile, a grip stock and a thermal battery. The VERBA launcher unit consists of one tube missile launcher, a 9P521 launcher; a Maugli-2M (1PN97) infrared imaging sight mounted to the left of the tube launcher and one 1L229V ground-based IFF interrogator.
The VERBA 9K333 uses the missile 9M336 with new multispectral optical seeker which uses three sensors – ultraviolet, near-infrared, and mid-infrared – as opposed to the dual-waveband infrared used in the Igla-S system. This allows to get more information about the purpose which makes the portable anti-aircraft missile system more selective and sensitive. Increased sensitivity rises the range of the real target lock. The multispectral sensor enables faster discrimination between appropriate targets and decoys, and decreases the chance of disruption from infrared countermeasures, including high-power flares and lasers. Its reaction time is within 8 seconds, and its warhead has gained 1.5 kg more weight – an increase of 20 per cent.
“The Verba can take out drones and cruise missiles The main difference between the Verba and Russian MANPADS of the last generation is the heat-seeking multispectral optical heating-seeking head (GOS), through which the missile can distinguish a captured target from passive heat traps, which are now required elements in the defense systems of not only fighters, bombers, attack helicopters and attack aircraft, but also transport aircraft and helicopters.” (globalsecurity.org)
The VERBA 9K333 uses a new integrated automated control system (ACS) terminal offering the possibility to fire individually and as part of the battery. Through the ACS the commander uses data not only from ground radar, but also, according to some data, even from early radar warning aircraft. It can see its targets in advance, and then distribute them among operators of MANPADS in automatic mode. The ACS tracks potential targets before they are within engagement range, and automatically assigns the task to the launcher crew that is best poised to fire on the target. With the news ACS the VERBA Verba crews’ reaction time is reduced by a factor of 10 (from a previous time of 3 to 5 minutes).
“While the majority of the actual characteristics of modern MANPADS remain tightly guarded, it has been voiced in media reports that the latest Verba rocket is able to hit a target at a distance of 4 miles and at an altitude of 2.8 miles. Its predecessor, the Igla, could reach its target at almost the same distance, but only at a height of 2.2 miles. For the sake of comparison, the radius of the effective action of the American Stinger MANPADS is only 3 miles in distance and 2.4 miles in altitude.
The new MANPADS, using the integrated automated control system (ACS) terminal, can be used both individually and as part of the battery. Through the ACS the commander uses data not only from ground radar, but also, according to some data, even from early radar warning aircraft. It can see its targets in advance, and then distribute them among operators of MANPADS in automatic mode.” (globalsecurity.org)
The VERBA 9K333 MANPADS can hit targets at ranges from 500 to 6,500 meters, at an altitudes of up to 4.5 kilometers, and at a speed of up to 500 meters/second.
The system comprises:
– 9M336 missile,
– 9P521 launcher,
– 1L229V ground-based interrogator (friend or foe),
– 9V861 mobile control station,
– 1L122 small-size radar detector,
– 9C931 mission planning module,
– 9C932-1 reconnaissance and control module,
– 9C933 portable fire control module (brigade kit),
– 9C933-1 built-in installation kit (divisional kit),
– 9C935 automation facilities set for AA sniper,
– training equipment.
|One 9M336 missile|
|? kg ready to fire|
|500 to 6,500 m|
|Type of engaged targets|
|tactical aircraft, helicopter, UAV and cruise missile|
|Weight: ? kg
Weight Warhead: 1,5 kg
Warhead type : HE Fragmentation
Flight speed: 500 m/s
Altitude: 10 – 4,500 m
|5 to 10 sec.|
|multispectral optical seeker which uses three sensors – ultraviolet, near-infrared, and mid-infrared|
|Length, ? m|