Raytheon Stinger trainer demonstrates accuracy in Finland VSHORADS field
LONDON, Sept. 9, 2013
LONDON, Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Stinger
demonstrated flawless performance in recent Very Short Range Air Defense
System (SHORADS) field trials in Finland. During the trials, six Finnish
gunners were trained on three missile system tracking trainers. Using the
trainer, each Finnish gunner successfully simulated tracking and engaging
targets flown by the Finnish Army Materiel Command, including an F/A-18, NH-90
helicopter and Banshee drone.
Stinger's lethal performance is unmatched by any other SHORAD missile and has
been demonstrated and validated by its extensive test and combat record.
"The Stinger is best known for its Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS)
variant, which gives the missile a surface-to-air capability, and these field
trials prove that our competitors have yet to develop a MANPADS system that
can truly outperform Stinger," said Mark Nicol, program director of Raytheon
Missile Systems' Stinger program.
The Stinger missile has specifically demonstrated its ability to successfully
engage rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles during
numerous test flights and in combat.
"We have taken a system that has proven itself time and time again in critical
combat situations, and have continually evolved the technology," Nicol said.
"The result is a system that is proven and designed for today's warfighter in
current and future conflicts."
Stinger offers a high explosive hit-to-kill, blast-fragmentation warhead.
Stinger has nearly 300 combat kills and a success rate of over 92 percent in
more than 1,500 live fire tests by U.S. and allied forces. Unlike other SHORAD
missiles, Stinger is designed to engage a target with one shot. Stinger is a
highly reliable system that requires no regular scheduled maintenance by the
"As our international allies look to deploy highly advanced defense postures
with proven systems, Stinger will continue to remain a major player in the
ground-based air defense arena," said Michelle Lohmeier, vice president of
Raytheon Missile Systems' Land Combat product line.
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation
spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission
systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects;
and command, control, communications and intelligence systems; as well as a
broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham,
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