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.


Designation Stinger FIM-92
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)
Speed Mach 2.0
Propulsion Atlantic Research Mk 27 dual-thrust solid-fuel rocket


Data from:

  • "The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems 1991/92" by Norman Friedman
  • US Navy Fact File