9K333 Verba

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Type Man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS)
Place of origin Russia
Service history
In service 2014–present
Used by See Operators
Production history
Manufacturer KB Mashinostroyeniya - developer of the system
Produced 2011–present
Warhead 1.5 kg (3.3 lb)

Engine Solid fuel rocket motor
Flight ceiling 5 km (16,000 ft)
Three-channel optical seeker (ultraviolet, near-infrared, mid-infrared)

The 9K333 Verba (Russian: Верба, "Willow") is a Russian fourth-generation[1] man-portable infrared homing surface-to-air missile (SAM) MANPADS. "9K333" is the Russian GRAU designation of the system. Its NATO reporting name is SA-25.[2]


The 9K333 Verba was originally developed as a replacement for the 9K38 Igla.[3]

The Verba's primary new feature is its multispectral optical seeker, using three sensors - ultraviolet, near infrared, and mid-infrared - as opposed to the Igla-S' two. Cross-checking sensors against one another better discriminates between relevant targets and decoys, and decreases the chance of disruption from countermeasures, including lasers that attempt to blind missiles.[4]


The system is in serial production for the Russian Armed Forces, with several ground forces and airborne formations receiving Verbas since 2014.[5] It first appeared with the Ivanovo VDV division after passing Army testing in the summer of 2011 and being confirmed for production in late 2011.[6] As of 2015, KBM has equipped the Russian army with three brigade and two divisional sets. Four VDV units received Verba in 2014-15. MANPADS "Verba" passed state tests in 2011.[7][8][9] Officially, it entered service in 2015.[10] KBM signed a long term contract with the Russian Ministry of Defense to supply Verba and carries out its production.[11] As of April 2017, 10 sets have been delivered and 801 systems as of November the same year.[12][13]



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  2. ^ "Russian Missiles". GlobalSecurity.org. 
  3. ^ New Russian Verba MANPADS will replace Igla-S - Armyrecognition.com, 15 September 2014
  4. ^ New-generation man-portable air defence system Verba revealed to public at Army 2015 exhibition - Armyrecognition.com, 19 June 2015
  5. ^ Nikolai Novichkov & Jeremy Binnie (2015-06-18). "KBM says Verba MANPADS now being sold internationally". Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  6. ^ Boris Karpa. "9K333 Verba MANPADS now in service with Russian military". Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  7. ^ ""Верба" для Сухопутных войск и ВДВ - АО Научно-производственная корпорация "КБ Машиностроения"". www.kbm.ru. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  8. ^ "Новейшие ПЗРК "Верба" поступили на вооружение мотострелков ЗВО - Еженедельник "Военно-промышленный курьер"". vpk-news.ru. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  9. ^ Administrator. "Four of Russia's airborne troops equipped with VERBA 9K333 MANPADS air defense missile system 11001161 - January 2016 Global Defense Security news industry - Defense Security global news industry army 2016 - Archive News year". www.armyrecognition.com. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  10. ^ ""Верба" — гарантированно в цель - АО Научно-производственная корпорация "КБ Машиностроения"". www.kbm.ru. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  11. ^ ""Верба" поступает в войска - АО Научно-производственная корпорация "КБ Машиностроения"". www.kbm.ru. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  12. ^ Sudakov, Dmitriy (14 April 2017). "S-500 air defence system for Russian aerospace forces almost ready". Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  13. ^ "ЦАМТО / Новости / Валерий Герасимов: за пятилетний период принято на вооружение более 300 новых образцов ВиВТ". armstrade.org. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  14. ^ "Alert 5 " 9K333 Verba MANPADS exported to Armenia - Military Aviation News". alert5.com. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  15. ^ "ВАЖНО: Российские военные предотвратили атаку на Дамаск, применив новейший ПЗРК "Верба" (+ВИДЕО, ФОТО)". Retrieved 6 December 2017. 

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