The Stinger missile’s seeker and guidance system enables the weapon to acquire, track and engage a target with one shot. (Photo: U.S. Army)
The Stinger missile’s seeker and guidance system enables the weapon to acquire, track and engage a target with one shot.

Raytheon Awarded $320 Million US Army Contract for Stinger Surface-to-air Missile Production

American multinational aerospace and defense conglomerate Raytheon Missiles & Defense was awarded a $320,667,721 firm-fixed-price contract for Stinger man-portable surface-to-air missile production (MANPADS). Stinger is deployed in the man-portable (MANPADS) role and on the Army’s Avenger, Linebacker, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, on Army OH-58 D and Special Operations Forces (SOF) helicopters, U.S. Navy special operation ships and USMC Avenger and Light Armored Vehicle-Air Defense (LAV-AD) systems. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2026. 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 air-to-air missile). Developed in the United States, it entered service in 1981 and is used by the militaries of the United States and 29 other countries. Stinger (FIM-92) is a man-portable air defence system (MANPADS) developed by General Dynamics to provide high accuracy and enhanced air defence capabilities to the armed forces. 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.

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