Since the war in Ukraine began on 24 February the Ukrainian armed forces have been hastily putting together and sharing training films for various weapon systems. The weapons including Western transferred systems like Stinger, Javelin, Piorun and Panzerfaust 3 as well as Ukrainian-made weapons like the Corsair and Stunga.
We’ll be sharing these training films so they’re saved for the historical record and so they can be easily found by those who might need them. We’ll try and give some context on the weapon’s origins and on who made the training video.
The first of the films was made by the Command of the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (or SSO) and covers the assembly, components, aiming and handling of the Stinger man-portable air defence system (MANPADS).
FIM-92 Stinger is a man-portable, short range air defence system. It was developed in the 1960s by General Dynamics and uses infrared homing to track its target – some variants can also use UV. Stinger has been sent by Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, and the Netherlands with both the twin-launcher, pedestal-mounted version and the shoulder-fired system transferred to Ukraine. It is estimated that as of 20 March over 2,000 missiles have been transferred.
FIM-92 Stinger Specifications:
|Warhead weight||1 kg (2.25 lb) HTA-3|
|Missile Length||59.8 in (1.52 m)|
|Missile Weight||22 lb (10.1 kg)|
|System Mass||33.5 lb (15.19 kg)|
|Engine||Solid-fuel rocket motor|
|Guidance system||infrared homing|
|Range (Dependent on variant)||3-5 miles (4.8 km to 8 km)|
|Altitude (Dependent on variant)||Up to 3.8 km (12,500 feet)|
‘STINGER Instruction from SSO of Ukraine’, SSO, (source)
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