FIM-92 Stinger

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The FIM-92 Stinger is an American-made portable infrared-homing surface-to-air missile. It entered service in 1981 and is currently used by 27 countries, several of which produce it under license. It has 270 confirmed aircraft kills.

Officially it requires two to operate—a gunner and a spotter—although a single operator can handle it. It is classified as a MANPADS (man-portable air defense system.)

Type Portable surface-to-air missile
Contractor Raytheon Missile Systems
Power plant Solid rocket motor
Length 1.52 m
Diameter 70 mm
Guidance system Infrared homing
Weight 15.2 kg
Crew One
Range 15,000 ft
Cost per unit $38,000
Warhead 6.6 pounds of high explosive