Raytheon has integrated and demonstrated a Stinger air defense missile mounted on a Stryker armored fighting vehicle (AFV) responding to the U.S. Army’s urgent need for mobile air defense to protect ground troops.
Raytheon incorporated the Stinger missile into a Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station, or CROWS, and mounted it on a Stryker. During a late September demonstration at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the Army fired Stinger missiles from a Stryker vehicle and successfully intercepted airborne targets.
“With so many airborne threats in the battlespace, our ground forces need the protection of additional mobile air defense systems,” said Kim Ernzen, Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice president. “Combining these two proven systems gives the Army an immediate, low risk, high-value solution.”
The Army is now evaluating the Stinger missile/Stryker vehicle solution.
It’s combat proven in four major conflicts and in use by more than 20 nations as well as all four U.S. military services.
FIM-92 Stinger is originally a Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS) that operates as an infrared homing surface-to-air missile (SAM).
The system is a lightweight, self-contained air defense system that can be rapidly deployed by ground troops and is also adapted for military platforms – such as a wide variety of ground vehicles and helicopters (as an AAM).
Developed in the United States this weapon system entered service in 1981 and is used by the militaries of the United States and by 29 other countries. The system is combat proven in four major conflicts.
It is principally manufactured by Raytheon Missile Systems and is produced under license by EADS in Germany and by Roketsan in Turkey with 70,000 missiles produced.
IAV (Interim Armored Vehicle) Stryker is a family of eight-wheeled armored fighting vehicles derived from the Canadian LAV III and based on the Swiss Piranha III 8×8. Stryker vehicles are produced by General Dynamics Land Systems Canada for the United States Army. It has 4-wheel drive (8×4) and can be switched to all-wheel drive (8×8).
Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) is a United States military term for remote weapon station systems for use within armoured vehicles. The US military has fielded both the M101 CROWS and M153 CROWS II systems.