The Stinger is a man-portable, shoulder-fired guided missile system which enables a man
on the ground to effectively engage low-altitude jet, propeller-driven and helicopter
aircraft. Developed by the United States Army Missile Command, the Stinger was the
successor to the Redeye Weapon System. The system is a "fire-and-forget" weapon
employing a passive infrared seeker and proportional navigation system. Stinger also is
designed for the threat beyond the 1990s, with an all-aspect engagement capability, and
IFF (Identification-Friend-or-Foe), improved range and maneuverability, and significant
countermeasures immunity. The missile, packaged within its disposable launch tube, is
delivered as a certified round, requiring no field testing or direct support maintenance.
A separable, reusable gripstock is attached to the round prior to use and may be used
again. The Stingers "all aspect" engagement capability was a major improvement
over the FIM-43 "Redeye", the first man-portable surface-to-air missile in the
world. In 1989, an improved Stinger, equipped with a reprogrammable microprocessor (RMP),
was fielded by the Marine Corps. The RMP is a modular enhancement which allows the Stinger
to engage and destroy more sophisticated air threats. Stinger will also be employed by the
Pedestal-Mounted Stinger Air Defense Vehicle and the Light Armored Vehicle, Air Defense
Variant (LAV-AD) during the 1990s. The Stinger was initially operational in 1982.
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