|Type||Man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS)|
|Place of origin||Soviet Union|
|Used by||See Operators|
|Length||1.47 metres (4.8 ft)|
|4,500 metres (14,800 ft)|
|Flight altitude||1,800 metres (5,900 ft) vs. jets |
3,000 metres (9,800 ft) vs. slow moving targets
|Maximum speed||470 metres per second (1,700 km/h; 1,100 mph)|
The 9K34 Strela-3 (Russian: 9К34 «Стрела-3», 'arrow', NATO reporting name: SA-14 Gremlin) is a man-portable air defense missile system (MANPADS) developed in the Soviet Union as a response to the poor performance of the earlier 9K32 Strela-2 (SA-7 Grail) system. The missile was largely based on the earlier Strela 2, and thus development proceeded rapidly. The new weapon was accepted into service in the Soviet Army in January 1974.
The most significant change over the Strela 2 was the introduction of an all-new infra-red homing seeker head. The new seeker worked on FM modulation (con-scan) principle, which is less vulnerable to jamming and decoy flares than the earlier AM (spin-scan) seekers, which were easily fooled by flares and even the most primitive infrared jammers. The new seeker also introduced detector element cooling in the form of a pressurized nitrogen bottle attached to the launcher.
The effect of cooling was to expand the seeker's lead sulphide detector element's sensitivity range to longer wavelengths (slightly over 4 μm as opposed to 2.8 μm of uncooled PbS elements). In practice this made possible the tracking of cooler targets over longer ranges, and enabled forward-hemisphere engagement of jets under favourable circumstances. The seeker also had better tracking rate, enabling the missile to track maneuvering of fast and approaching targets.
A negative side effect from the aforementioned improvements was increased missile weight, which caused a slight decrease in the kinematic performance of the original Strela-2 (SA-7). Against relatively slow, low-altitude battlefield air threats the overall effectiveness was much improved.
Strela-3 missiles have been exported to over 30 countries.
The original Strela-3 missile was the 9M36. The follow-on to the Strela-3 was Igla.
The naval version of this missile has the NATO reporting name of SA-N-8.
During the War in Abkhazia (1992–1993), a Russian Mi-8 helicopter was shot down by a Georgian Army SA-14 on December 14, 1992, resulting in the death of 3 crew and 58 passengers, most of them Russian refugees. A Georgian Air Force Su-25 was shot down over Nizhnaya Eshera on 4 July 1993 by SA-14, and several other aircraft on both sides may have been shot down by SA-14s.
A British Sea Harrier FRS1 of 801 Naval Air Squadron, operating from aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal on 16 April 1994, was shot down during its attack on two Serbian T-55 tanks in Bosnia. The pilot, Lieutenant Nick Richardson, ejected and landed in territory controlled by friendly Bosniaks.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Georgia – used during Georgian civil war.
- Kurdistan Workers' Party
- North Korea
- Sierra Leone
- Czechoslovakia – never acquired to military service
- East Germany – never acquired to military service
- Hungary – never acquired to military service
- Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
- Poland – 100 bought in the 1980s, but never acquired to military service.
- Soviet Union
- United Arab Emirates – Used by the Abu Dhabi Royal Guard.
|System||9K32M Strela-2M (missile: 9M32M)||9K34 Strela-3 (missile: 9M36)||FIM-43C Redeye|
|Mass, full system, ready to shoot||15 kg||16 kg||13.3 kg|
|Weight, missile||9.8 kg||10.3 kg||8.3 kg|
|Length||1.44 m||1.47 m||1.40 m|
|Warhead||1.15 kg (0.37 kg HMX) directed-energy blast fragmentation||1.17 kg (0.39 kg HMX) directed-energy blast fragmentation, including a 20g secondary charge to set off remaining rocket propellant||1.06 kg M222 (0.36 kg HTA-3) blast fragmentation|
|Seeker type||AM-modulated (spin scan), uncooled PbS detector element (1–2.8 μm sensitivity range). Tail-chase only.||FM-modulated (con scan), nitrogen-cooled PbS detector element (2–4.3 μm sensitivity range). Limited forward hemisphere (all-aspect) capability||AM-modulated, gas-cooled PbS detector element. Tail-chase only.|
|Maximum range||4,200 m||4,500 m||4,500 m|
|Speed||430 m/s||470 m/s||580 m/s|
|Target's maximum speed, approaching/receding||150/260 m/s||310/260 m/s||–/225 m/s|
|Engagement altitude||0.05–2.3 km||0.03–3.0 km||0.05–2.7 km|
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