The FIM-92F Stinger is a 70 mm missile launcher that has made appearances in ArmA: Cold War Assault, ArmA: Armed Assault and ArmA 2.

ArmA: Cold War Assault Edit

« The Stinger missile, a full-dimensional protection weapon, is the Army's system for short-range air defense that offers ground forces some protection against low-altitude airborne targets such as fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cruise missiles.
Weapon Description

FIM-92 Stinger
Faction United States
Type Surface-to-Air Missile Launcher
Caliber 70 mm
Variants None

The FIM-92 Stinger is a 70 mm missile launcher that is exclusively used by U.S. military forces in ArmA: Cold War Assault.

Overview Edit

The FIM-92 is a portable, shoulder-launched, surface-to-air missile launcher.

It is designed to launch missiles fitted with high-explosive fragmentation (HE-Frag) warheads, and has an effective range of between 400 and up to a maximum of 1,200 metres. The FIM-92's sight is not magnified and uses a dual-circle reticle for aiming.

The FIM-92 is the standard issue SAM launcher employed by the U.S. military at the height of the Everon Islands crisis. As the American counterpart to the Soviet-made 9K32, it is also a short-ranged, infrared-guided, man-portable SAM that is optimised to shot down helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

Each missile is quite heavy to carry and takes up to six inventory slots. This prevents its user from being able to carry more than one missile at a time, and essentially turns the FIM-92 into a single-shot weapon.

Despite this drawback, the FIM-92 is extremely effective against every aircraft in Cold War Assault, with a single hit usually being more than enough to bring down (if not outright destroy) a helicopter or jet.

Trivia Edit

  • While the FIM-92 and 9K32 share identical roles in real-life as short-range IR-guided SAMs, they are completely different weapons and are (even the earliest models of the FIM-92) actually able to lock to targets at far greater distances than their in-game counterparts.
    • The drastic reduction in range was most likely done for gameplay "balancing" purposes, as the lack of deployable countermeasures for aircraft in Cold War Assault (as opposed to titles later in the series) would have made helicopters almost impossible to fly against AA-equipped infantry units.

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ArmA 2 Edit

« The Stinger is a man-portable, shoulder-fired anti-aircraft guided missile system designed to defeat low-altitude air targets.
The system is a fire-and-forget missile with a passive infrared seeker and IFF (Identification-Friend-or-Foe) system. The latest versions have improved range, maneuverability and significant countermeasures immunity.
Armoury Description

FIM-92F Stinger
Faction - USMC
- U.S. Army
- British Army
Type Surface-to-Air Missile Launcher
Caliber 70 mm
Variants Stinger
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ArmA II BAF Logo

The FIM-92F Stinger is a 70 mm missile launcher that is used by U.S. Marine and U.S. Army forces, as well as with the British Army and ION PMC contractors in ArmA 2.

Overview Edit

The FIM-92F is an updated model of the older FIM-92A Stinger model. Like its Cold War Assault predecessor, it remains as a man-portable, infrared-guided SAM launcher.

It serves as the primary anti-air missile launcher used by both the U.S. and British military. It has several improvements over its older counterpart, namely increased range (it has a maximum lock-on distance of 4,800 metres), better manoeuvrability for the Stinger missile itself, as well as improved resistance to countermeasure flares.

The FIM-92F's utility also extends to mounted weapons fixated onto certain vehicles such as the HMMWV Avenger and M6 Linebacker.

The FIM-92F serves as the BLUFOR counterpart to the 9K38 Igla SAM used by the Russian Armed Forces. It relies on IR guidance to track targets like the 9K38, is highly resistant to infrared countermeasures, has a similar operating range, and utilises missiles with high-explosive fragmentation (HE-Frag) warheads that occupy up to six inventory slots at once.

However in terms of actual performance, the FIM-92F is slightly inferior to its modern Russian counterpart in two ways. Unlike the 9K38, the FIM-92F's maximum range caps out at 4,800 metres compared to the former's maximum of 5,200 metres. The Stinger missile itself is also less agile, and can be completely outmanoeuvred by nimbler or fast fixed-wing aircraft like the Su-34.

While the FIM-92F cannot match the 9K38 directly in those aspects, it is far superior to the older Russian-made 9K32 in every way. In spite of its two drawbacks, the FIM-92F still remains as a highly reliable SAM launcher.

Trivia Edit

  • A dual-mount version of the FIM-92F is fitted onto a tripod as a static weapon.
  • In contrast to its depiction in the British Armed Forces DLC, the real-life British Army does not operate the Stinger or any of its sub-variants.
    • The closest equivalent to the Stinger would be the "Starstreak" SAM designed by Northern Ireland-based Thales Air Defence Ltd. Unlike the FIM-92F, the Starstreak is actually in service with both conventional and special forces units within the British military.

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See also Edit

Variants Edit

  • Stinger (Static defence counterpart)

Weapons of comparable role and configuration Edit