FIM-92A Stinger

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FIM-92A Stinger - 70mm

Note: Before adding to this list, make sure that you have checked the FIM-43 Redeye page. For a brief guide in differentiating these two weapons, see the bottom of this page.





Caliber: 70mm Missile, HE-Frag warhead

Capacity: 1 Missile

Fire Modes: Infrared Homing

The FIM-92A 'Stinger' shoulder-fired Surface to Air Missile (SAM) has appeared used by the following actors in the following movies, video games, and television series:


Actor Character Title Note Date
Sean Young CWO Billie Lee Guthrie Fire Birds 1990
U.S. Army soldiers Fire Birds Mounted on AH-64 Apache helicopters 1990
Henchmen Under Siege 1992
Crimson Jihad terrorists True Lies 1994
Vinh Moc's soldier Soldier Boyz 1995
Fureisenjin terrorists 2009: Lost Memories 2002
Charlie Wilson's War 2007
U.S. Army soldier The Day the Earth Stood Still Mounted on M1097 Avenger Humvee 2008


Actor Character Show Title Note/Episode Air Date
U.S military personnel Stargate: SG1 "Children of the Gods" 1997 - 2007
British Army soldiers Doctor Who Incorrectly used against ground targets 2005 - ????
UNIT soldiers Doctor Who Incorrectly used against ground targets 205 - ????
Scott Foley Sgt. Bob Brown The Unit "Eating the Young" 2006 - 2009
Vincent Laresca Antonio Riaz CSI: Miami "One of Our Own" 2002 - ????
Lee Tergesen Gunnery Sgt. Gentry JAG "Brig Break" 1995-2005
The assassins Branch (Expozitura) 9th/ "Král je mrtev" 2009

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Enemy Engaged: Apache/Havoc Shoulder and vehicle-mounted 1998
Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War Non-playable 2004
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Simplistic launcher model designed to produce a convincing shadow 2011
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake 1990
Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes 2004
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty 2001
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 2008
Operation Flashpoint AA Launcher 2001
Conflict: Desert Storm 2002
Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising 2004
Söldner: Secret Wars 2004
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2007
ArmA: Armed Assault 2007
Resident Evil 2 1998
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004
Battlefield 2 In twin turret mount and quad launcher on M6 Linebacker 2005
Shadow Force: Razor Unit AA Launcher 2002
America's Army Stored in crates in multiplayer mode, non-playable 2002
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames 2008
Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising With AN/PVS-4 Thermal Scope 2009
Modern Warfare 2 Stinger 2009
Resident Evil 5 Desperate Escape DLC 2009
Project Reality Shoulder, twin turret, and vehicle-mounted 2005
Battlefield Play4Free In twin turret mount 2011
World in Conflict 2007
Modern Warfare 3 2011
Operation Flashpoint: Red River 2011
Project Reality: Falklands Shoulder and twin turret mount 2012
Resident Evil: Revelations 2012
Ravaged 2012
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Homing Missile "Futurised" version with radome instead of IFF antenna 2013


Character Film Title Note Date
Kuze Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig 2004 - 2005
Dejima refugees Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig 2004 - 2005
Kiefer Rideback 2009
JGSDF soldiers Saikano 2006
Major Pollack's militia Jormungand Refurbished FIM-92As 2012

How to tell the FIM-92A Stinger from the FIM-43 Redeye

The Redeye is an earlier MANPAD which is similar in outward appearance to the Stinger and due to the fact that it has since been retired from active service with the US military there are a higher number of deactivated launchers on the market meaning that it often stands in for the Stinger in live-action films and television (The FIM-92A Stinger is in fact an evolution of the FIM-43 Redeye, with developmental name of the Stinger being the "Redeye II"). There are however several key differences which can be used to identify a launcher as a Redeye:

FIM-43 Redeye - 70mm. The Redeye launcher lacks the IFF box antenna found on the right side of a Stinger, the sighting unit is longer and extends further towards the front of the launcher tube, the bottom of the fire control unit is rounded, the battery pack protrude out the bottom of the launcher and the pistol grip slopes backwards like on a conventional firearm, as opposed to the forward sloping grip found on the Stinger launcher.

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