Stinger is a man portable infra-red homing surface-to-air missile
developed in the United States and used by all the U.S. armed
services, with whom it entered service in 1981.
Raytheon designates the missile as a MANPADS (Man-Portable Air-Defence System).
It is used by the military of the
United States and by 29 other countries. Around 70,000 missiles have
The FIM-92B can attack aircraft at a range of up to 15,700 feet (4800m) and at altitudes between 600 and 12,500 feet (180 and 3800m).
The missile can also be fired from the M-1097 Avenger vehicle and the M6 Linebacker an air defence variant of the M2 Bradley IFV.
is also capable of being deployed from HMMWV Stinger rack, and can be
used by airborne paratroopers. A helicopter launched version exists
called the ATAS or Air-to-Air Stinger.