The Stinger is a passive IR homing surface-to-air missile designed to counter low altitude, short range aircraft manufactured by Raytheon Missile Systems and also manufactured under license by Dornier. Intended for use on land by the Marines but since 1984 the Stinger has been issued to many US warships for point defense, particularly in Middle Eastern waters.
Stinger was extremely successful in Afghanistan, shooting down many Soviet helicopters and ground attack aircraft.
|Ship Class Used On||Many|
|Date In Service||1970|
|Weight||System: 34.5 lbs. (15.6 kg)
Missile: 22 lbs. (10 kg)
|Dimensions||60 X 3 in (152 X 7.62 cm)|
|Payload||6.6 lbs. (2.2 kg)|
|Range||About 3-4 nm
Max. Altitude: 9,500 feet (2,900 m)
|Propulsion||Atlantic Research Mk 27 dual-thrust solid-fuel rocket|
- "The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems 1991/92" by Norman Friedman
- US Navy Fact File