The SA6 Kub mobile surface-to-air missile system is a Soviet low to medium-level air defence system designed to protect ground forces from air attack.
|Nickname||Three fingers of death|
|Variants||3M9, 3M9M1, 3M9M3, 3M9M4|
|Wars||Yom Kippur War, Gulf War,
Lebanon War, Yugoslav War,
|Main Weapon||3 rockets (middle distance)|
|Rocket Length||5.8 m|
|Warhead weight||59 kg|
The missile is designed primarily to destroy aircraft, helicopters and missiles with low to medium altitudes. Development began in the 1950s in the USSSR and the system was first used in 1967. The 2K12 KUBs surprised the Israelis in the 1973 Yom Kippur War when they shot down slower A-4 Sky hawk jets and even F-4 Phantoms. All together around 40 aircraft were shot down. Today the system is still used in several countries, including Czech Republic, where it continues to be the main ground to air defence.
Countries still using the 'SA6 GAINFUL'
Armenia, Bosna and Harzegovina, Bulgaria, Chad, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungaria, India, Iran, Libya, Masambik, Burma, North Korea, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Syria, Vietnam.
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