US seeks new portable anti-air missile to replace Stinger

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The U.S. Army is seeking to upgrade its Stinger-man portable air defense system so soldiers can shoot down planes more effectively.

“The current Stinger inventory is in decline,” the U.S. Army wrote in a March 28 call published on Sam.gov. “The Army plans to begin design, development and testing of a replacement missile in FY23, leading to the production of 10,000 M-Shorad Inc. 3 missiles beginning in FY27.”

FILE: US soldiers aim a Stinger missile during a military exercise in Yeonchun, South Korea

FILE: US soldiers aim a Stinger missile during a military exercise in Yeonchun, South Korea
(Photo by Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images)

The Army’s plans to revise its Stingers require “soldier-portable” solutions, but note that the system must be able to integrate with the Stinger Vehicle Universal Launcher.

The new Stinger must be able to destroy helicopters and aircraft “with capacities equal to or greater than the current Stinger missile.”

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“The system should provide improved target collection with increased mortality and range over current capacity,” the Army said in its RFI. “Candidate solutions must be suitable and suitable for maneuvering strength operations in all battlefield environments.”

Ukrainian military officials say the wreckage is the remains of a Russian air force attack plane in a field outside the town of Volnovakha in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, on this distribution photo released on March 4, 2022.

Ukrainian military officials say the wreckage is the remains of a Russian air force attack plane in a field outside the town of Volnovakha in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, on this distribution photo released on March 4, 2022.
(Reuters)

Candidates must present a technology demonstration in FY24, consisting of a “digital simulation, in-the-loop hardware and / or live-fire demonstration.”

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The request for information comes as the Pentagon has provided Ukrainian fighter jets with Javelin and Stinger missiles to fight Russian attackers. The war has accelerated talks on how to improve America’s existing weapons capabilities.

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