In­dia to ac­quire Raytheon Stinger mis­siles

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

The In­dian Min­istry of De­fence has signed an agree­ment with the US De­part­ment of De­fense to ac­quire Stinger air-to-air mis­siles made by Raytheon Com­pany. As part of the deal, In­dia will re­ceive 245 Stinger airto-air mis­siles along with launch­ers and engi­neer­ing sup­port.

“In­dia joins na­tions around the globe who recog­nise that air-to-air Stinger can be a key com­po­nent of at­tack and light at­tack he­li­copter mis­sion con­fig­u­ra­tions,” said Duane Gooden, Raytheon Land War­fare Sys­tems Vice Pres­i­dent. “Stinger sig­nif­i­cantly im­proves the abil­ity of the air­craft to suc­cess­fully per­form to­day’s mis­sions while coun­ter­ing ex­ist­ing threats.”

Com­bat-proven in four ma­jor con­flicts, Stinger has more than 270 fixed- and ro­tary­wing in­ter­cepts to its credit. It is de­ployed in 19 na­tions and with all four US mil­i­tary ser­vices. In­dia’s Stinger ac­qui­si­tion is part of a $3.1-bil­lion deal with the US that in­cludes com­bat he­li­copters, weapons, radars and elec­tronic war­fare suites.

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