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SA-8 (Gecko) / 9K33 OSA Mobile Air Defense System (1972)

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The SA-8 Gecko anti-aircraft mobile defense system was introduced in the early 1970s and is still in operational globally today.

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Specifications for the
SA-8 (Gecko) / 9K33 OSA
Mobile Air Defense System


Country of Origin: Soviet Union
Manufacturer: State Factories - Soviet Union
Initial Year of Service: 1972
Production: 1,980


Focus Model: SA-8 (Gecko) / 9K33 OSA
Crew: 3


Overall Length: 29.86ft (9.10m)
Width: 9.19ft (2.80m)
Height: 13.78ft (4.20m)
Weight: 9.9 US Short Tons (9,000kg; 19,842lbs)


Powerplant: 1 x D20K300 series diesel engine.


Maximum Speed: 50mph (80 km/h)
Maximum Range: 311 miles (500 km)


NBC Protection: None
Nightvision: None


Armament:
6 x SA-8 (9M33/9M33M1/9M33M2/9M33M3) surface-to-air missile launchers.


Ammunition:
6 x SA-8 (9M33/9M33M1/9M33M2/9M33M3) surface-to-air missiles.


Variants:
9K33 OSA - Initial Production Model appearing in 1971; land-based launcher.


9K33M OSA-M - Navalized Launcher Variant for use on Soviet Navy cruiser vessels.

9K33M2 OSA-AK - Sealed, six-missile launcher; appearing in 1975.

9K33M3 OSA-AKM - Improved tracking and engagement capabilities; appearing in 1980.

Saman - Developmental Variant used for training and testing.Saman-M - Developmental Variant used for training and testing.


Operators:
Algeria; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Bulgaria; Cuba; Czechoslovakia; Czech Republic; East Germany; Ecuador; Georgia; Greece; India; Jordan; Kuwait; Libya; Poland; Romania; Russia; Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic; Soviet Union; Syria; Turkmenistan; Ukraine; Yugoslavia