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9k38 Igla

The Igla in real life, mounted in a Djigit dual-launch platform on the back of a truck.

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 Persian Gulf War since its introduction in 1983.

Battlefield 2Edit

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 with each reload and unlimited reloads. It, like the Stinger, locks on to and destroys enemy aircraft, but does virtually no damage to armored vehicles. The differences between the Igla and Stinger are purely cosmetic; they perform on par with no difference.


Battlefield Play4FreeEdit

Vehicle health 500
Main weapon 9M313 infrared-seeking missile
Main weapon damage High
Main weapon reload time about 5 seconds
Main weapon firemode Semi-automatic
Main weapon ammunition per reload 2 missiles
Operators Russian Army

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 divert from the enemy aircraft.

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 that the user will miss their target as the missile starts to curve upward over time after fired.

Battlefield 3Edit

"Russian man-portable infrared homing SAM. Labeled the 9K38 by the Russians and SA-18 Igla by the US, the Igla is capable of engaging a wide range of threats from UAV sized aircraft up to helicopters and low flying jets. The Igla requires a locked target in order to fire."
— Battlelog description

The SA-18 Igla is the unlockable anti-air weapon for the Russian Ground Forces.

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 United States Marine Corps, and has the same range and damage. 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.


Battlefield 4Edit

"Anti-Air missile capable of Mobility Kills on most aircraft at medium range. Launcher must maintain lock until the missile hits the target."
— Battlelog description

The SA-18 Igla is an anti-air missile launcher featured in Battlefield 4.

Compared to the FIM-92 Stinger, it has a more generous tracking area, longer range and faster missile travel speed, but requires constant tracking on its target. It has 450 meter lock-on and tracking range, while FIM-92 Stinger has 350 meter only. The Igla can reacquire lock if it is broken (visual obstructions, countermeasures), one common tactic is to fire at the target, broke the contact as the target releases countermeasure, then reacquire the target. Compared to the FIM-92 Stinger, the Igla's missiles will have a better chance at getting to their target unless they are deterred by countermeasures or the target flies out of the effective range of the missile. The SA-18 Igla user however, will be vulnerable to attack while he is tracking the aerial target. This AA Launcher is recommended to use in wide, open maps; where the target has less cover to break the lock.

Like the Javelin and HVM-II, it is possible to let go of the target, and acquire a different target before the missiles expire.

Damage Statistics & EffectsEdit

The following is a list of effects and damage to specific air vehicles from impacts by the SA-18 IGLA Missile. Damage results are consistent at any angle of impact.

Damage results are gathered post-2015 Battlefield 4: Community Operations update and are subject to change without notice by game developers from time to time.

Vehicle Damage (per missile)
Attack Helicopter 55, Critical Hit
Scout Helicopter 55, Critical Hit
Transport Helicopter 36, Critical Hit
Stealth Jet 55, Critical Hit
Attack Jet 55, Critical Hit

Patch NotesEdit

  • As of the 2015 Battlefield 4: Community Operations update, The SA-18 IGLA, along with its counterpart, the FIM-92 Stinger now require only 2 direct missile hits to kill and no more, but unlike the FIM-92 Stinger, SA-18 IGLA missile's travel speed remains unchanged.



Battlefield 4Edit

  • The SA-18 IGLA missile delivers the same amount of damage as its counterpart, the FIM-92 Stinger.
  • Unlike anti-armor based lock-on launchers, the SA-18 IGLA, along with its counterpart, the FIM-92 Stinger, cannot harm players or enemies within proximity when it detonates due to striking a nearby surface. However, it appears to have an effect on destructible material and environments.
  • Due to its missile travel speed, the SA-18 IGLA's missile will orbit around its target repeatedly in wide arcs if it misses its target and fails to make contact. This is especially common for slow flying targets such as helicopters. The only way to break the missile's perpetual orbit is to either purposely break lock or wait till the missile strikes a surface.
  • As the SA-18 IGLA requires a constant lock to make a direct hit, it is easily countered against by breaking line-of-sight with the attacker. If you know the general where-abouts of the attacker, simply breaking line-of-sight will stop the missle from tracking your jet for a few precious seconds.

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