Russians put Verba through its paces
The 9K333 Verba MANPADS system has been used to cover a military train, in a special drill conducted by air defence units in the Russian Southern Military District.
The exercise in early September simulated an air attack on military equipment moving across the steppe.
Operators used a 1L122 Garmon compact radar (which is an optional part of the Verba system) to locate airborne targets at a range of 30km. After signalling the presence of the enemy, the automated control system determined the location of the target and set the azimuth for firing. The targets were destroyed at a range of 6,000m.
Verba was adopted by the Russian Armed Forces in 2014 and it has since been exported only to Armenia. The MANDAPS with IR homing system is heavier (17.5kg) and longer (1.6m) that its competitors, largely because Verba is a more recent development.
Unusually, Verba can hit targets flying at altitudes of 6,000-6,500m whereas most other MANPADS can only reach up to 4,500m. Compared to the older Russian Igla-S MANDPADS, Verba also has ten times higher resistance to thermal countermeasures such as flares.
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