The 9K38 Igla (Russian: Игла́, English: needle, NATO: SA-18 Grouse) is a Russian man-portable infrared homing anti-air missile system that performs similarly to the American FIM-92 Stinger. It was developed to perform better than the Strela family of portable aircraft defense weapons against countermeasures such as flares. The system fires the 9M313 missile and has been used by Iraqi Army in the first Gulf War since its introduction in 1983.
The IGLA is used in Battlefield 2 by the People's Liberation Army and Middle Eastern Coalition factions. It spawns as a stationary anti-aircraft turret with two missiles and unlimited reloads. It, like the Stinger, locks on to and destroys enemy aircraft, but does virtually no damage on armored vehicles. The differences between the IGLA and Stinger are purely cosmetic; they perform on par with no difference.
9M313 infrared-seeking missile
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In Battlefield Play4Free, the IGLA is used by the Russian Army and is seen on Oman. It shoots two missiles before reloading and is incredibly effective against enemy aircraft and helicopters after locking on to their infrared signature. If an enemy deploys flares, the missiles will try to follow after them and will miss their original target.
The IGLA can even, to an extent, be used against ground targets such as tanks and infantry. However, it is very inaccurate unless locked on to aircraft and it is likely the user will miss their target as the missile starts to curve upward over time after fired.
6 rockets with EXPL
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It is the first unlock for the Engineer class at 7000 XP, and is given at the same time as the FIM-92 Stinger for the American side. Like the Stinger, it requires weapon lock, and can only be used against air vehicles. It has a limited detection range (which can be reduced further via Stealth), and can be defeated with IR Flares.
It has the same range and damage as the USMC Stinger, yet it is an inferior weapon with a smaller sight radius, making it easier to lose track of an enemy vehicle. However, to compensate for this, the frame is much thinner.