The aerospace giant Raytheon Company reported on Tuesday that the US Army It is reconditioning Stinger surface-to-air missiles with proximity fuzes to help counteract the growing threat from the enemy’s drones.
According to a press release published by Raytheon, the upgrade allows the lightweight, autonomous Stinger air defense system to destroy a wider range of battlefield threats by detonating its warhead near the target, while maintaining the proven Impact capacity to death of the missile.
“The Stinger upgrade gives our troops exactly what they need: an affordable and effective way to defeat the increasing number of UAS enemy targets in the skies over the battlefield,” said Sam Deneke, vice president of Raytheon Land Warfare Systems. “The mission against the UAS is so critical; several allied nations are interested in this enhanced Stinger.”
The Army completed the qualification tests of the new proximity fuse and will begin to deliver the improved Stinger missile to the soldiers later this year.
During recent tests at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, the improved weapon system obtained a 100 percent perfect hit rate against a variety of targets. The missiles were launched from the shoulder and from a vehicle.
Combat tested in four major conflicts, the Stinger missile has more than 270 fixed and rotary wing interceptions. Eighteen nations and the four United States military services have acquired the missile that can be deployed rapidly by ground troops and on military platforms. The Stinger is also used in Apache helicopters for air-to-air combat.