Stingers ‘take down’ Russian Mi-24 helos during Arizona training camp

WASHINGTON — Training and certification of qualifications took place at a seven-week training camp at an auxiliary airport near Yuma, Arizona. U.S. Marines have taken the Weapons and Tactics Instructor [WTI] course 2-22, according to the Defence Blog.

Stingers 'take down' Russian Mi-24 helos during Arizona training camp
Photo by Lance Cpl. Dean Gurule

Marines with Ground Base Air Defense, Marine Aviation Weapons, and Tactics Squadron One [MAWTS-1] from the US Marine Corps took part in the training camp. How to take down a Russian Mi-24 Hind helicopter with a man-portable air-defense system [MANPADS] FIM-92 Stinger operates with an infrared homing surface-to-air missile was also part of the training that all participants went through.

About FIM-92 Stinger

FIM-92 Stinger is an American anti-aircraft system using a surface-to-air missile manufactured by the American company Raytheon Missile Systems. The design of this system comes from another company – General Dynamics. 35 countries around the world have adopted this ground-to-air system, which entered service in 1981. From then until today, FIM-92 Stinger has been involved in almost all military operations, mini-wars, and conflicts in the world.

The warhead of the missile is highly explosive [HE] and weighs 1 kg [2.25 lb] HTA-3. The missile’s guide system is an infrared homing system. Apart from the fact that the FIM-92 Stinger is a highly effective weapon system, it can be integrated on various platforms, despite its outdated design. FIM-92 Stinger can be integrated into ordinary off-road vehicles, heavy armored attacking vehicles or infantry vehicles, drones, helicopters, and more.

Stinger production problems

As we reported on April 26, the US is experiencing supply problems in the production of MANPADS Stinger missiles. According to analysts the impact of the war in Ukraine is enormous. After Russia started the war in Ukraine, many countries around the world sent Stinger MANPADS missiles from their own inventory in Ukraine.

In a statement from Raytheon CEO Greg Hayes, he noted that many parts are worn out because the U.S. military had not supplied Stinger missiles for more than 20 years. Hayes stressed that these parts must be replaced before Stingers can be sent to Ukraine.

US Stinger air defense system 'sting' more seriously than the Russian 'needle'
Photo credit: Wikimag

The Stinger production line was shut down in December 2020. Raytheon last signed a Stinger contract with a foreign country in July 2021. Currently, Raytheon’s only operating Stinger plant is located in Arizona, where production is also low.

According to Raytheon employees, it may take at least 6-12 months for the Stinger line to operate again. However, American companies in the defense industry are not very happy with the increase in arms production. Because it is not known who will be in the hands of these weapons in the future.

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