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9M14 Malyutka

Kit #: 72002

The 9M14 Malyutka (Nato: AT-3 Sagger) is an anti tank guided missile (Malyutka means "little one" in Russian). It was Russia's the first man portable anti tank missile and is probably the most widely produced ATGM of all time. It was designed in 1960 and put into service in 1961. The term man portable can be taken quite litterally, as the missile was delivered in the handy and easy to carry 9P11 fibreglass suitcase that acted as a launching platform for the missile when deployed. A firing team of three men could carry two missiles and a 9S415 control box.
The first time the 9M14 made big news was in the 1973 Yom Kippur war where Egyptian troops used vast numbers of Soviet-delivered Sagger missiles and caused havoc on the Israeli tank force, literally decimating tank brigades.
The Malyutka was also used by Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam conflict and by the Iraqi army during the Iran-Iraq conflict in the 1980's and in the persian gulf war of 1990-1991.

This resin kit is very simple, consisting of 3 resin parts and 4 photoetched parts (the fins). These pieces are the same included in the BMP-1 kit. Since the Malyutka can be fired by a small firing team, this kit can be used in a small diorama with a group of insurgents.

Review sample kindly provided by Krasimir Stefanov from Crosshair Model, whom I wish to thank.

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Article Last Updated: 27 March 2014