FIM-92 Stinger Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS)
FIM-92 Stinger Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS)

U.S. Army Awards Aerojet Rocketdyne for Procurement of Stinger Flight Motors

The U.S. Army awarded American rocket and missile propulsion manufacturer, Aerojet Rocketdyne, with a $76,8 million firm-fixed-price contract modification to support of Stinger missile system. Aerojet Rocketdyne, Camden, Arizona has been awarded a modification (P00005) to contract W31P4Q-18-D-0027 for the procurement of Stinger flight motors. The Department of Defense said Aerojet Rocketdyne’s bid was the only one solicited and received. Raytheon builds the Stinger missile system, and Aerojet Rocketdyne is the flight motor subcontractor. The estimated completion date is Sept. 30, 2021. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

FIM-92 Stinger Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS)
FIM-92 Stinger Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS)

The FIM-92 Stinger is a 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 helicopters (as an AAM). Developed in the United States, 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 Missile Systems and is produced under license by EADS in Germany and by Roketsan in Turkey, with 70,000 missiles produced. Light to carry and easy to operate, the FIM-92 Stinger is a passive surface-to-air missile that can be shoulder-fired by a single operator.

FIM-92 Stinger Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS)
FIM-92 Stinger Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS)

The missile is 5.0 ft (1.52 m) long and 2.8 in (70 mm) in diameter with 3.9 in (100 mm) fins. The missile itself weighs 22 lb (10.1 kg), while the missile with its launch tube and integral sight, fitted with a gripstock and IFF antenna, weighs approximately 34 lb (15.2 kg). It has an outward targeting range of up to 4,800 m and can engage low altitude enemy threats at up to 3,800 m. The Stinger is launched by a small ejection motor that pushes it a safe distance from the operator before engaging the main two-stage solid-fuel sustainer, which accelerates it to a maximum speed of Mach 2.54 (750 m/s).

FIM-92 Stinger Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS)
FIM-92 Stinger Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS)

Aerojet Rocketdyne is an American rocket and missile propulsion manufacturer. Headquartered in El Segundo, California, the company is owned by Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings. Aerojet Rocketdyne was formed in 2013 when Aerojet (then owned by GenCorp) and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne were merged, following the latter’s acquisition by GenCorp from Pratt & Whitney. Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion systems have flown on manned and unmanned missions for NASA since the inception of the U.S. Space Program, and Aerojet Rocketdyne has been a major supplier of propulsion products to the DoD since its founding. Principal customers include the DoD, NASA, United Launch Alliance, The Boeing Company (Boeing), Lockheed Martin Corporation (Lockheed Martin) and Raytheon Company (Raytheon).

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