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9K35 Strela-10

A highly mobile, visually aimed, optical/infrared-guided, low-altitude, short-range surface-to-air missile system. “9K35” is its GRAU designation; its NATO reporting name is SA-13 “Gopher”.

Propellant : single-stage solid propellant rocket motor
Operational range : 5 kilometres .
Flight altitude : 3,500 metres .
Speed : 550 m/s.

Known Combat use

1) Angolan war:

On February 20, 1988,Mirage F1AZ was shot down by a SA-13 Gopher.

2) Operation Desert Storm:

At least two of the losses are believed to have been due to Strela-10 hits.on Feb 15th an A-10A Warthog was hit by a SAM believed to be Strela-10 some 60 miles north west of Kuwait city while attacking Republican Guard targets.Pilot Lt Robert Sweet ejected and was made a Prisoner of War. While attempting to protect Sweet on the ground, his wingman Steven Phyllis flying A-10A 79-0130 was also hit by what is believed to have been a missile from a Strela-10. Phyllis was killed in the incident.

3) Kosovo:

One, possibly two OA-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft are believed to have been hit by Serbian Strela-10 SAMs. Both aircraft landed safely and were repaired and returned to service.