FIM-92 Stinger

The FIM-92 Stinger is an American man-portable air-defense system (MANPADS) that operates as an infrared homing surface-to-air missile (SAM). It can be adapted to fire from a wide variety of ground vehicles, and from helicopters as the Air-to-Air Stinger (ATAS). It entered service in 1981 and is used by the militaries of the United States and 29 other countries. It is principally manufactured by Raytheon Missiles & Defense and is produced under license by Airbus Defence and Space in Germany and by Roketsan in Turkey.

FIM-92 Stinger
Dummy FIM-92 Stinger launcher.
TypeMan-portable surface-to-air missile
Place of originUnited States
Service history
In service1981–present
Used bySee Operators
WarsFalklands War, Soviet–Afghan War, Iran–Iraq War, Gulf War, Angolan Civil War, Sri Lankan Civil War, Chadian–Libyan conflict, Tajikistani Civil War, Kargil War, Yugoslav Wars, Invasion of Grenada, Second Chechen War, War in Afghanistan, Iraq War, Syrian Civil War, War in Iraq (2013–2017), Russo-Ukrainian War
Production history
DesignerGeneral Dynamics
Designed1967
ManufacturerRaytheon Missiles & Defense
Unit costFIM-92A: U.S.$38,000 (missile only, 1980 FY)
($119,320 2020 FY[1])
Produced1978–present
VariantsFIM-92A, FIM-92B, FIM-92C, FIM-92D, FIM-92G
Specifications
Mass
  • Missile – 22 lb (10.1 kg)
  • System – 35 lb (15.7 kg)
Length
  • At launch – 5 ft (1.53 m)
  • In flight – 4 ft 6 in (1.37 m)
Diameter2.8 in (70 mm)
Crew1

Effective firing range0.12–3.11 mi (.2–5 km)
WarheadHE-FRAG
Warhead weight6.6 lb (3 kg)
Detonation
mechanism
Impact

EngineSolid-fuel rocket motor
Wingspan6.3 in (160 mm)
Maximum speed 745 m/s (Mach 2.2; 2,440 ft/s)
Guidance
system
Infrared homing
Launch
platform
MANPADS, M6 Linebacker, Multi-Mission Launcher, Eurocopter Tiger, AN/TWQ-1 Avenger, MQ-1 Predator, AH-64 Apache, T129 ATAK[2]
ReferencesJanes[3]

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