Blue Arrow 9

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Description

The Blue Arrow 9 is a Chinese laser-guided air-to-ground missile. It was introduced in Update "Danger Zone".

Export version of the PLAGF's AKD-9 missile for helicopters, the Blue Arrow 9 provides a relatively long range option to strike enemy vehicles with accuracy and sufficient damage, while players will have to get used to its relatively slow velocity and its high trajectory which is a double-edge sword of BA 9, in terms of high-angle attacks and not able to hit closer targets.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

Missile characteristics
Mass 26 kg
Guidance Laser+IOG
Maximum speed 340 m/s
Missile guidance time 25 secs
Firing range 6 km
Explosive mass 2.46 kg TNTeq
Armour penetration 800 mm

Effective damage

With a tandem warhead and explosive fillers, the BA 9 can do either overpressure damage to open-topped or lightly-armoured vehicles and lethal damage against vehicle crews with its jet stream and spalling.

Comparison with analogues

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Usage in battles

As an ATGM for the Z-19E, the BA 9 was said to be similar to its domestic version the AKD-9 ATGM. Thanks to its lighter weight, even a scout helicopter like the Z-19E could carry 8 of them. The tandem warhead grants the capability to knock out tanks composite/ERA protection given it does not hit the turret front of tanks. If players do not feel confident in taking the enemy out in one hit, depending on the carrier, fire multiple missiles in a short consecutive volley to ensure the target's destruction. Its trajectory is high enough to make sure most shots land from a high angle of attack, meaning that closer targets at around 1.5 km will have a higher chance to survive as the missile doesn't have enough time to build an angle of attack. Since AAMs might not have a safe range to lock onto enemy helicopters with heat suppression systems, players can also opt for the BA 9 as a long-range alternative to AAMs against careless hovering helicopters.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Accelerates straight forward first, so it has a slight top-down trajectory
  • Sufficient 7 km range to hit enemies from safer distance

Cons:

  • Not able to engage targets at close range
  • Light explosive mass compared to other AGMs

History

Its development has to be traced back to PLAGF's AKD-10 ATGM. Since the AKD-10 was too heavy for helicopters like the Mi-171Sh and the Z-9W, NORINCO downscaled it at the cost of a shorter range and a lower penetration. The result was the AKD-9 and it was widely seen on the Z-9W as well as the Z-10; the BA 9 is the export version of the AKD-9 and was first seen at the 2016 Zhuhai Airshow along with the even lighter BA 7 for UCAVs.

The BA 9 currently has no overseas customer and its domestic version AKD-9 is now depleting its stock due to THE inferior performance after 2020s, along with AKD-10s and both would be replaced by new CK-502 KG AGMs.

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USA 
AAM  AIM-7C Sparrow · AIM-7D Sparrow · AIM-7E Sparrow · AIM-7E-2 Sparrow · AIM-7F Sparrow
  AIM-9B Sidewinder · AIM-9C Sidewinder · AIM-9D Sidewinder · AIM-9E Sidewinder · AIM-9G Sidewinder · AIM-9H Sidewinder · AIM-9J Sidewinder · AIM-9L Sidewinder · AIM-9P Sidewinder
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ATGM  BGM-71 TOW · BGM-71A TOW · BGM-71B TOW · BGM-71C I-TOW
SAM  FIM-92 Stinger · MIM146
Germany 
AAM  AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder · R-60MK
AGM  HOT-1 · HOT-2 TOW · HOT-3 · PARS 3 LR
ATGM  HOT-K3S
SAM  Roland
USSR 
AAM  9M39 Igla · R-3R · R-3S · R-13M1 · R-23R · R-23T · R-24R · R-24T · R-60 · R-60M
AGM  9K127 Vikhr · 9M17M Falanga · 9M17P Falanga-PV · 9M120 Ataka · 9M120-1 Ataka
  Kh-23M · Kh-25 · Kh-25ML · Kh-29L · Kh-29T · Kh-66 · S-25L
ATGM  3M7 · 9M14 · 9M113 Konkurs · 9M114 Shturm · 9M123 Khrizantema · 9M133
SAM  9M311 · 9M311-1M
Britain 
AAM  Fireflash · Firestreak · Red Top · Skyflash · SRAAM
ATGM  BAe Swingfire · MILAN · MILAN 2 · ZT3
SAM  Starstreak
Japan 
ATGM  Type 64 MAT · Type 79 Jyu-MAT
SAM  Type 91
China 
AAM  PL-2 · PL-5B · TY-90
AGM  Blue Arrow 9
ATGM  HJ-73 · HJ-73E
SAM  HN-6
Italy 
AAM  Aspide-1A
SAM  Mistral SATCP
France 
AAM  AA-20 Nord · Matra R530 · Matra R530E · Matra Super 530F · Matra R550 Magic 1 · Matra R550 Magic 2 · Mistral
AGM  9M14-2 Malyutka-2 · AS-20 Nord · AS-30 Nord · AS-30L Nord · HOT-1 · HOT-2 TOW · HOT-3
ATGM  HOT · SS.11
SAM  Roland · VT1
Sweden 
AAM  RB24 · RB24J · RB71 · RB 74
AGM  Rb05A · RB 53 Bantam · RB 55B Heli TOW · RB 55C Heli TOW · RB 75
ATGM  Rbs 55 · Rbs 56
SAM  Rbs 70
Israel 
AAM  Shafrir · Shafrir 2
  AAM = Air-to-Air Missile   AGM = Air-to-Ground Missile   ATGM = Anti-Tank Guided Missile (Ground mounts)   SAM = Surface-to-Air Missile