Two Chadian Weapons the Nigerian Air Force Should Fear.

SA-6 Gainful Air Defense Missile System.

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Number in service : 12

The SA-6 Gainful self-propelled air defense system. It has seen successful combat actions during the Chad civil war.

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Design of the 2K12 is centered around the use of three rail-launched guided missiles utilizing an optical sight and continuous wave target illuminator. Missiles can detonate on impact or be set with a proximity fuze and hold an effective range of 15 miles against targets up to 45,930 feet in altitude. Each is powered by a solid fuel rocket motor and can reach speeds of up to Mach 2.8 which places any modern aircraft at risk.

SA-13 Gopher Mobile Air Defence Missile System.

Number in service : 4

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The SA-13 GOPHER [ZRK-BD Strela-10] is a short-range, low altitude SAM system.  The SA-13 missile (9M37) is 2.2 m long, 0.12 m in diameter with a 0.4 m wingspan and has a maximum speed of Mach 2. It carries a 5 kg HE warhead and is fitted with either an improved passive lead sulfide all-aspect infra-red seeker unit, or a cryogenically cooled passive all-aspect infra-red seeker unit.

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The estimated minimum range of the SA-13 is 500 meters and the maximum effective range of 5000 meters with altitude engagement limits of 10 to 3500 meters.

It’s designed to defend troops on the march from low level aircraft and helicopters, precision-guided munitions and reconnaissance RPVs

 

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