Raytheon US to Produce More Stingers for Ukraine

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American company Raytheon Missiles & Defense was awarded a $624 million U.S. Army contract to produce 1,300 Stinger surface-to-air missiles under the Ukraine Supplemental contract, which contains emergency funding to support Ukrainian defense forces.

The contract includes provisions for engineering support, as well as the test equipment and support needed to address obsolescence, modernize key components, and accelerate production.

The Stinger FIM-92 is a lightweight, self-contained air defense missile system that can be rapidly deployed by ground troops as it is man-portable and shoulder-fired. Its supersonic speed, agility and highly accurate guidance and control system enable the weapon to counter cruise missiles and all classes of aircraft.

The missile with its launch tube and integral sight, fitted with a grip stock and Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) antenna, weighs approximately 15.2 kg. It has a firing range of up to 4,800 m and can engage aerial threats at an altitude up to 3,800 m.

The US has delivered a total of 1,400 Stingers to Ukraine since the beginning of the war.