Berlin acquires 500+ Fliegerfaust 2 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles

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The German parliament’s budget committee has given the green light for the government to purchase American Stinger anti-aircraft guided missiles, specifically the FIM-92K Block I modification.

Several sources reported this on Thursday, June 27, 2024. The committee has approved the acquisition of 506 Stinger missiles, at a cost of approximately 395 million euros [36.5 billion Russian rubles]. These new missiles will replenish the German army’s arsenal, replacing those sent to Ukraine in early 2022.

In Germany, the Bundeswehr uses Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, known locally as the Fliegerfaust 2, in multiple configurations: for shoulder fire, within a light anti-aircraft system, and mounted on the Tiger attack helicopter.

Berlin acquires 500+ Fliegerfaust 2 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles
Photo by Bundeswehr/Florian Sorge

The FIM-92K Block I

The FIM-92K Block I Stinger is a man-portable air-defense system [MANPADS] that has been enhanced to improve its effectiveness against modern aerial threats, including low-flying aircraft and helicopters. In terms of dimensions, the FIM-92K Block I Stinger measures approximately 1.52 meters [5 feet] in length and has a diameter of about 70 millimeters [2.75 inches]. The missile itself weighs around 10 kilograms [22 pounds], making it relatively lightweight and portable for infantry use.

The technical characteristics of the FIM-92K Block I Stinger include an infrared homing guidance system, which allows it to lock onto the heat signatures of aircraft engines. This guidance system is designed to be resistant to countermeasures, enhancing its reliability in combat situations. The missile also features improved seeker sensitivity and advanced signal processing capabilities.

Berlin acquires 500+ Fliegerfaust 2 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles
Photo by Bundeswehr/Christian Timmig

Propulsion for the FIM-92K Block I Stinger is provided by a solid-fuel rocket motor. This propulsion system enables the missile to achieve high speeds, allowing it to effectively intercept fast-moving aerial targets. The rocket motor is designed to provide a quick launch and sustained flight, ensuring that the missile can reach its target quickly.

High-explosive fragmentation warhead

The FIM-92K Block I Stinger can be deployed using various types of systems. It can be shoulder-fired by individual soldiers, launched from vehicle-mounted platforms, or integrated into more complex air defense systems. This versatility makes it a valuable asset for both ground troops and larger defense networks.

The warhead of the FIM-92K Block I Stinger is a high-explosive fragmentation type. Upon impact, or in proximity to the target, the warhead detonates, releasing a burst of shrapnel designed to damage or destroy the aircraft. This type of warhead is effective against a range of aerial threats, from small drones to larger aircraft.

The operational range of the FIM-92K Block I Stinger is typically around 8 kilometers [5 miles], with an effective altitude range of up to 3,800 meters [12,500 feet]. This range allows it to engage targets at significant distances, providing a protective umbrella over a wide area. The missile’s range and altitude capabilities make it suitable for defending against a variety of aerial threats in different combat scenarios.



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