FIM-92 Stinger

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The FIM-92K missile after being launched from a Ozelot.


The FIM-92 Stinger is an American infrared homing surface-to-air missile. It exists in two variants: FIM-92E and FIM-92K, and was introduced in Update "Wind of Change". It is also known as the "Fliegerfaust 2 Stinger" in German service.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

FIM-92E characteristics
Calibre 70 mm
Mass 10.1 kg
Guidance IR
Aspect All-Aspects
Lock range in rear-aspect 12 km
Lock range in all-aspects 6 km
Launch range 5 km
Maximum speed 670 m/s
Maximum overload 13 G
Missile guidance time 15 secs
Explosive mass 540 g TNTe
Fuze delay 1 m
Fuze Sensitivity 0.1 mm
FIM-92K characteristics
Calibre 70 mm
Mass 10.1 kg
Guidance IR
Aspect All-Aspects
Lock range in rear-aspect 12 km
Lock range in all-aspects 6 km
Launch range 5 km
Maximum speed 670 m/s
Maximum overload 13 G
Missile guidance time 15 secs
Explosive mass 540 g TNTe
Fuze delay 1 m
Fuze Sensitivity 0.1 mm
Trigger Radius 1 m

Effective damage

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Comparison with analogues

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

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  • Fire-and-forget
  • IRCCM makes it highly resistant to flares once launched
  • K variant has a proximity fuse


  • Low overload of only 13 G sees that the missile is defeated by most defensive manoeuvres
  • 6 km all aspect range is outranged by some AGMs


Stinger Development

In the 1960s, the US military's standard man-portable air-defense system (MANPADS) was the FIM-43 Redeye, a missile launcher developed by Convair/Ponoma. However, the Redeye missiles were deemed to be too slow, unmanoeuverable, and could not distinguish its target source well enough to be an effective anti-aircraft weapon.[1] A program for an improved missile was launched in 1967, titled Redeye II. This new missile program was part of the Advanced Sensor Development Program, which sought to give the man-portable missile an all-aspect seeking capability. By 1971, Redeye II was chosen as the next standard MANPADS missile, and was given the designation FIM-92. The name of the program was eventually changed in March 1972 into the Stinger.[2]

A US Army Sergeant shoulders a FIM-92 Stinger.

The contract to develop the missiles went to General Dynamics in June 1972.[1] The first tests with the missiles began in November 1973, though technical problems caused delays that the first missile was only fired shoulder-launched in 1975.[2] The Stinger Production Qualification Test-Government (PQT-G) began in April 1976.[3] The PQT-G concluded in 1977, and resulted in a mass production contract in April 1978 for General Dynamics to produce the FIM-92A Stinger missiles. The missiles reached the US military, where the Stinger missiles reached IOC (Initial Operational Capability) status in February 1981, resulting in the Stinger's steady replacement of all other MANPADS in service. The basic model, the FIM-92A, featured a cooled conical-scan IR seeker that allowed all-aspect acquisition and homing abilities as well as a AN/PPX-1 Identification, Friend or Foe (IFF) system.[1]

Improvements into the FIM-92 stingers led to succeeding variants. The FIM-92B started development in 1977. It is also known as Stinger-POST (Passive Optical Seeker Technique) and featured an improved IR/UV seeker to better distinguish countermeasures. The next version, the FIM-92C began development in 1984 and was named as Stinger-RMP (Reprogrammable MicroProcessor). Introducing a new microprocessor that was reprogrammable, the Stinger-RMP allowed the Stinger platform to adapt to new threats and countermeasures without requiring a new missile design. The Stinger-RMP became the basis of the succeeding FIM-92D to G variants, which featured various improvements on the Stinger-RMP capabilities.[1]


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See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Pike and Sherman 2000
  2. 2.0 2.1 Parsch 2005
  3. Army Technology "Stinger Man-Portable Air Defence System (MANPADS)"
  • Army Technology. "Stinger Man-Portable Air Defence System (MANPADS)." Army Technology, Verdict Media Limited, Website. Accessed 07 Apr. 2021 (Web Archive).
  • Parsch, Andreas. "FIM-92" Designation Systems, 14 Feb. 2005, Website. Accessed 07 Apr. 2021 (Web Archive).
  • Pike, John; Sherman, Robert. "FIM-92A Stinger Weapons System: RMP & Basic." Federation of American Scientists - Military Analysis Network, 09 Aug. 2000, Website. Accessed 07 Apr. 2021 (Web Archive).

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