Would using this weapon as a conventional rocket launcher work in real life?
- Not really. For a start, from what I can gather you'd need to build a new guidence system if you wanted it to lock on to ground targets. If you just fired the missile regardless, it's pretty thin and doesn't have the biggest warhead in the universe; it'd be a waste of a complicated, expensive weapon to just fire it straight forward. Might as well use a LAW. Vangelis 21:18, 12 February 2011 (UTC)
- Not to mention that it has an HE-Frag warhead, so you'd basically have a big, expensive grenade. Orca1 9904 21:22, 12 February 2011 (UTC)
- As others have said, it's a proximity explosive warhead designed to take down aircraft. Now in the film Navy SEALs they used it as a last ditch weapon against an armored vehicle, but I hope people don't start thinking of it as an anti tank weapon. A total waste of a VERY expensive rocket......MoviePropMaster2008 02:37, 13 February 2011 (UTC)
- Minor correction: IIRC the Stinger is a "hittile" like Rapier that doesn't use a proximity fuze. He's probably thinking of videogames; Metal Gear Solid is the chief offender, where you have to take down a giant walking tank by firing Stingers at it. Vangelis 09:28, 13 February 2011 (UTC)
Should this be moved to "FIM-92 Stinger", as the FIM-92A is just the first of 5 variants of the missile, with the outward appearance of the launchers being identical. Also, does anyone know what the "M" designation for the launcher itself is, like how the launcher for the FIM-43 Redeye is the M41A1? --commando552 04:27, 27 July 2012 (CDT)
Does anyone know the differences of other designated Stinger Variants. Probably for different launch platforms, I'm not sure
- By designation do you mean the difference between the FIM-92A and the other letter designations such as FIM-92B? If so, I don't think there is any external difference on the launcher itself, the only difference is on the missile, with improved warheads, motors, seekers and software. Bear in mind that the designation of FIM-92A (or whatever letter up to G I think) is for the missile itself, the launcher has a different designation. So for example even though there is not launcher resembling what you would think of as a Stinger MANPAD on vehicles like the Avenger or Linebacker, you would still say that they are armed with FIM-92Bs as this is the missile itself. I don't know what the designation is for the MANPAD launcher system, but similarly for its predecessor the Redeye the missile is the FIM-43, whilst the launcher itself is designated as the M41A1. --commando552 (talk) 08:09, 7 January 2013 (EST)