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FIM-92 Stinger



The Stinger is a man-portable, shoulder-fired guided missile system which enables a man on the ground to effectively engage low-altitude jet, propeller-driven and helicopter aircraft. Developed by the United States Army Missile Command, the Stinger was the successor to the Redeye Weapon System. The system is a "fire-and-forget" weapon employing a passive infrared seeker and proportional navigation system. Stinger also is designed for the threat beyond the 1990s, with an all-aspect engagement capability, and IFF (Identification-Friend-or-Foe), improved range and maneuverability, and significant countermeasures immunity. The missile, packaged within its disposable launch tube, is delivered as a certified round, requiring no field testing or direct support maintenance. A separable, reusable gripstock is attached to the round prior to use and may be used again. The Stingers "all aspect" engagement capability was a major improvement over the FIM-43 "Redeye", the first man-portable surface-to-air missile in the world. In 1989, an improved Stinger, equipped with a reprogrammable microprocessor (RMP), was fielded by the Marine Corps. The RMP is a modular enhancement which allows the Stinger to engage and destroy more sophisticated air threats. Stinger will also be employed by the Pedestal-Mounted Stinger Air Defense Vehicle and the Light Armored Vehicle, Air Defense Variant (LAV-AD) during the 1990s. The Stinger was initially operational in 1982.
 
General characteristics
Contractors Hughes, Raytheon
Power plant Atlantic Research Mk 27 dual-thrust solid-fuel rocket
Weight system 34.5 lb 15.6 kg
missile 22 lb 10 kg
warhead 2.2 lb 1 kg
Length 5 ft 1.5 m
Diameter 3 in 7.62 cm
Wingspan 5.5 in 14 cm
Guidance Infrared-homing
Speed 2,300 ft/s 2,523 km/h
Range 650-16,400 ft 200-5,000 m
Operation altitude 33-9,840 ft 10-3,000 m
Warhead Penetrating high-explosive with proximity fuse


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