SA-8 Gecko

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Known as the "9K33 Osa" in Russia and the "SA-8 Gecko" in NATO, the Gecko is a low-altitude surface-to-air missile launcher, designed to take out low-flying aircraft, like helicopters or planes flying low. Larger than most, the Gecko sports a sophisticated radar system, not found in most mobile SAM launchers at the time, allowing it to track targets more effectively, than it's cousins.

The Gecko uses a turret-mounted launcher with 6 9M33 missiles loaded. It's ammunition is guided rather than homing, so the crew steers the missile to it's target, rather than completely relying on a computer for that role. This has the added benefit if being more resistant to popular countermeasures like flares, but can still be disabled by ECM (although the missile is also designed to be resistant to ECM). Like most SAMs, the Gecko is lightly armored, making it vulnerable to anything that can penetrate tank armor, and has no option for ground defense beyond the crew exposing themselves to fire their weapons at their aggressors.

In Team Yankee[edit]

Da Stats

The latest anti-air platform of the Soviets serves as the option for a player fed up with enemy aircraft and wants the best missiles available. It may have the armour of a literal gecko (5+ tank save), but is one of the only Soviet units with thermal imaging: yes, the thing the Americans use. 5+ cross ensures that they will almost definitely breakdown when moving inside forests, so position them with care. The ideal position would be one that grants concealment without blocking LOS to aircraft (which gives them a +1 to hit): keeping them inside a forest the entire game is possible thanks to their 72" range if you prioritize safety over raw killing power.

Unfortunately, this unit competes with far more efficient units like the Shilka and Gopher. In fact, you could take one unit of Gophers and one unit of Shilkas giving you 8 shots at 4+ FP and 24 shots at 5+ FP, compared to 12 shots at 3+ FP. A full unit of Geckos is undeniably strong, but the lack of armour can be a deal breaker for some: these things WILL die if hammered by artillery, machine guns or mean comments.

The Gecko may not be the most ‘efficient’ Soviet AA unit, but it is guaranteed to mess up anything that flies for a premium price.

The Poles and Soviets may purchase Geckos at 2 points per vehicle in a platoon of 2 or 4 Geckos as divisional air defence. The Czech Gecko platoon costs 3 points for a pair or 7 points for four vehicles.

IRL[edit]

When you want to go swimming and protect the Black Sea from Capitalists.

The Gecko is the first SAM system in the world to combine its air defense missiles and its radar systems onto one vehicle.Surprisingly the vehilce and the missile system were first designed for the Russian Navy.

The SA8 Gecko was first deployed on the Slava class cruiser. Hilariously enough the Russians only made this in response to the US Mauler unit, which was canceled and was never produced. The Gecko is unarmored and meant to service with motorized infantry units.

Soviet Forces in Team Yankee
Tanks: T-62M - T-64 - T-72 - T-80
Transports: BTR-60 - BMP-1 - BMP-2
Troops: Motor Rifle Company - Hind Assault Landing Company - Afghansty Air Assault Company
Artillery: 2S1 Carnation - 2S3 Acacia - BM-21 Hail
Anti-Aircraft: ZSU 23-4 Shilka - SA-13 Gopher - SA9 Gaskin - SA-8 Gecko
Tank Hunters: Spandrel - Storm
Recon: BMP-1 OP - BRDM-2
Aircraft: SU-25 Frogfoot - MI-24 Hind
Polish Forces in Team Yankee
Tanks: T55AM2 - T-72M
Transports: SKOT-2A - BMP-1 - BMP-2
Troops: Zmotory Kompania - Hind Assault Landing Company
Artillery: Dana SpGH - BM-21 Hail
Anti-Aircraft: ZSU 23-4 Shilka - SA-13 Gopher -SA-8 Gecko
Tank Hunters: Spandrel
Recon: BMP-1 OP - BRDM-2
Aircraft: MI-24 Hind
Soviet Support: SU-25 Frogfoot
Czech Forces in Team Yankee
Tanks: T55AM2 - T-72M
Transports: OT-64 - BMP-1 - BMP-2
Troops: Motostrelci
Artillery: 2S1 Carnation - Dana SpGH - RM-70
Anti-Aircraft: ZSU 23-4 Shilka - SA-8 Gecko - SA9 Gaskin - SA-13 Gopher
Tank Hunters: Spandrel
Recon: BMP-1 OP - BRDM-2
Aircraft: MI-24 Hind
Soviet Support: SU-25 Frogfoot
Iraqi Forces in Team Yankee
Tanks: T-55 - T-62 - T-72M
Transports: BTR-60 - OT-64 - AMX-10P - BMP-1
Troops: Motor Rifle Company
Artillery: 2S1 Carnation - 2S3 Acacia - AMX Auf1 - BM-21 Hail
Anti-Aircraft: ZSU 23-4 Shilka - SA-13 Gopher - SA9 Gaskin - SA-8 Gecko - Roland AA
Tank Hunters: Spandrel - VCR/TH
Recon: BRDM-2 - BTR-60 OP
Aircraft: MI-24 Hind - Gazelle HOT
US Support: A-10 Warthog - AV-8 Harrier
Iranian Forces in Team Yankee
Tanks: T-55 - T-62 - M60 Patton - Chieftain
Transports: M113 Armored Personnel Carrier
Troops: Iranian Mechanized Platoon - Basij Infantry Company
Artillery: M109 Howitzer - BM-21 Hail - M106 Heavy Mortar Carrier
Anti-Aircraft: ZSU 23-4 Shilka - ZSU-57-2 - SA-8 Gecko
Tank Hunters: Jeep TOW - M113 106mm Recoilless
Recon: Scorpion
Aircraft: AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter
Soviet Support: SU-25 Frogfoot