The Volna-M (Волна-M; Wave-M), NATO codename: SA-N-1B, was the navalized version of the land-based S-125 Neva/Pechora (Нева/Печора; NATO codename: SA-3 Goa) SAM in Soviet Navy service.
Vehicles equipped with this weapon
|Launch range||16 km|
|Missile guidance time||26 secs|
|Explosive mass||42.24 kg TNTeq|
|Arming distance||300 m|
|Trigger radius||40 m|
|Armour penetration||70 mm|
The V-600P for Volna-M system has 42.42 kg TNT equivalent of explosives that can cause significant shrapnel and explosive damage to its designated target: aircraft. The explosive content itself can also trigger overpressure damage to smaller vessels, especially patrol boats.
Comparison with analogues
- RIM-24A - Greater explosive filler, but with lesser range.
Usage in battles
The V-600P SAM possesses an exceptional range of up to 16 km, surpassing the capabilities of conventional anti-aircraft guns. While this range may not seem significant in the Cold War era, it poses a grave threat to propeller aircraft at its battle rating. In most scenarios, if an aircraft enters the 40 m radius of the missile and triggers its radio fuse, it is highly likely to sustain lethal damage from the resulting shrapnel, rendering it incapable of completing its mission or even destroying it outright. It should be noted that due to the early design of the reloading system, it takes approximately one minute to reload both rails. This presents an opportunity for skilled and daring players to deliver a fatal blow to the system's carrier ship.
Although classified as a SAM system, some players may find the V-600P's 42 kg TNT equivalent explosive payload effective against smaller vessels. Unlike its US counterpart, the V-600P can be fired horizontally. While the devastating 130 mm SM-2-1 turret or the 45 mm quad-mount turrets are already formidable, the manually controlled V-600P can pose an even greater danger to such vessels.
Pros and cons
- Extremely long firing range at 16 km
- Rather high explosive content which can sometimes destroy smaller vessels in a single hit
- 16 spare missiles
- Large fuse radius, can be a problem when hitting fast-moving aircraft
- Extremely long reload time for the missile system
The S-125 Neva/Pechora (Нева/Печора; NATO codename SA-3 Goa) was a series of SAMs developed by the Almaz Central Design Bureau in the 1950s to fill the blind spot of long-range SAMs, namely the S-75 Dvina (Двина, NATO codename SA-2 Guideline), against low-flying targets. The systems were first deployed near Moscow by 1961. Meanwhile, plans for the first shipborne SAM for the VMF also started in parallel with the PVO's version, and Bravy was chosen as the testbed for the Volna-M SAM systems with the ZIF-101 turret.
While the Volna-M system has no shoot-down records, its land-based cousin has become one of the most successful SAM systems in different battlefields; and one of victims for the S-125 was by the Yugoslavian 250th Air Defense Missile Brigade, achieving the only downing of a stealth fighter (F-117A 82-0806, Vega-3) in 1999.
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