FIM-92 Stinger

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FIM-92 Stinger - 70mm
FIM-92 Stinger DMS (dual mount system) - 70mm
Avenger Air Defense System with FIM-92 Stingers - 70mm

The FIM-92 Stinger is the US military's principle man-portable air defence system (MANPADS).

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, hit-to-kill annular blast fragmentation warhead (added proximity sensor on FIM-92J)

Capacity: 1 missile, disposable launcher

System weight: FIM-92A: 33.5 lb (15.19 kg)

Missile weight: 22 lb (10.1 kg)

Length: 59.8 in (1.52 m)

Fire Modes: Single shot, IR homing (FIM-92A), dual IR and UV homing (FIM-92B and later), IR, UV and passive radar (Stinger ADSM), imaging infrared (Stinger RMP Block II, cancelled)

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


Title Actor Character Note Date
Fire Birds Sean Young CWO Billie Lee Guthrie 1990
Fire Birds Mounted on AH-64 Apache helicopters 1990
Under Siege Henchmen 1992
True Lies Crimson Jihad terrorists 1994
Soldier Boyz Vinh Moc's soldier 1995
Canadian Bacon Kevin J. O'Connor Roy Boy 1995
2009: Lost Memories Fureisenjin terrorists 2002
Charlie Wilson's War Mujahadeen fighters 2007
Charlie Wilson's War Tom Hanks Charlie Wilson 2007
The Day the Earth Stood Still U.S. Army soldier Mounted on M1097 Avenger Humvee 2008
Terminator: Genisys Resistance fighter 2015
London Has Fallen Terrorists 2016


Show Title Actor Character Note/Episode Air Date
Miami Vice Philip Michael Thomas Detective Ricardo Tubbs 1984-1989
JAG Lee Tergesen Gunnery Sgt. Gentry "Brig Break" 1995
Stargate SG-1 U.S military personnel "Children of the Gods" (S1E01) 1997
NCIS seen in weapons cache; "Enigma" (S1E15) 2004
JAG Terrorist "A Tangled Webb, Part I" (S8E24) 2008
Doctor Who British Army soldiers "Doomsday" (S2E13), Incorrectly used against ground targets 2006
The Unit Scott Foley Sgt. Bob Brown "Eating the Young" (S1E09) 2006
CSI: Miami Vincent Laresca Antonio Riaz "One of Our Own" (S4E25) 2006
Lost "Cabin Fever" (S4E11) 2008
Doctor Who UNIT soldiers "Poison Sky" (S4E05); Incorrectly used against ground targets 2008
Branch (Expozitura) The assassins 9th/ "Král je mrtev" 2009
Meteor Army National Guard 2009
The Blacklist seen in weapons sale; "The Stewmaker (No. 161)" (S1E04) 2013

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
Grand Theft Auto V Homing Launcher incorrectly muzzle loaded with warhead outside like RPG-7 2013


Character Film Title Note Date
Gokumon Violence Jack: Hell's Wind Hen 1990
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
JGSDF soldiers Saikano 2006
Kiefer Rideback 2009
Major Pollack's militia Jormungand Refurbished FIM-92As 2012

How to tell the FIM-92 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-92 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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