SA9 Gaskin

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"Sergei, what if we took a missile launcher and put it on a wheeled box?

Officially known as the "9K31 Strela-1" and called the "SA-9 Gaskin" by NATO, the Gaskin is a low-altitude surface-to-air missile launcher, designed to take out low-flying aircraft, like helicopters.

The vehicle consists of 4 turret-mounted 9M31 infra-red guided missiles and radar equipment that's mounted to a BRDM-2 scout car. The weapon is simple, but effective, still used by many former-Soviet and foreign militaries. The vehicle is fast, making it decent at aircraft interception, but lightly armored (a scout car had even less armor than most APCs), and no ground defense capabilities, beyond the crew popping out and firing their guns (and since most vehicle crews are only armed with handguns and the occasional carbine, a basic infantry squad would make short work of a vehicle crew).

In Team Yankee[edit]

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The Gaskin exists in team Yankee as budget AA with good range and the strength of a thrown potato. Point for point it will kill slightly more Aircraft than an equivalently priced Gopher unit, and give you an extra shot over a gremlin team (one gremlin costs the same as two Gaskins). The medium range of the missiles will ensure NATO choppers have to take some risks to get shots off at your army, even if that risk is minor.

If long ranged AA is what you are after though, give this unit a pass. It is cheap, but it's only going to kill 0.84 NATO choppers per volley, compare that to the 1.3 kills you would get from a Shilka unit of equivalent point cost. Avoid unless you have a cunning plan.

The Gaskin is open to all PACT forces as company-level air defence, perhaps as a backhanded Soviet insult.

IRL[edit]

Molotov gets to join the tankovy and I gets Gaskin. Blyat.

The SA9 Gaskin aka the 9K31 Strela-1 is a short range IR SAM platform based on the BRDM-2 the main attack force of the USSR in a first strike would not actually be the tanks but large numbers of light strike vehicles aiming to attack tanks and enemy attack Helicopters as a shock and awe force. This would actually allow the soviets to suffer heavy casualties and expend enemy ammunition supplies on weaker targets making their main assault of tanks and infantry less vulnerable.

Soviet Forces in Team Yankee
Tanks: T-62M - T-64 - T-72
Transports: BTR-60 - BMP
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
East German Forces in Team Yankee
Tanks: T55AM2 - T-72M
Transports: BTR-60 - BMP
Troops: Mot-Sch├╝tzen Kompanie - Hind Assault Landing Company
Artillery: 2S1 Carnation - BM-21 Hail
Anti-Aircraft: ZSU 23-4 Shilka - SA-13 Gopher - SA9 Gaskin
Tank Hunters: Spandrel
Recon: BMP-1 OP - BRDM-2
Aircraft: MI-24 Hind
Soviet Support: SU-25 Frogfoot
Polish Forces in Team Yankee
Tanks: T55AM2 - T-72M
Transports: SKOT-2A - BMP
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
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 - 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