Hezbolla fighter spotted with SA-16 MANPAD in Lebanon

Hezbolla fighter spotted with SA-16 MANPAD in Lebanon

A photo of a Lebanese Hezbolla fighter carrying an Igla-1 (NATO codename SA-16 Gimlet) has been circulating on social media today.

According to knowledgeable sources, the photo was snapped in southern Lebanon.

Although not the most modern MANPAD, the Igla-1 is more capable than older missiles like the Strela-2.

The Igla-1 has a range of 5,000m with a directed-energy blast fragmentation warhead that weighs 1.17kg. The flight speed is rated at 570m/s.

The Igla-1 was introduced into Soviet service in 1981.

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