US Army looking for new man-portable anti-aircraft missile to track Stinger

Band Mike Stone

WASHINGTON, July 27 (Reuters)The U.S. military will open a competition to find a next-generation man-portable anti-aircraft weapon as it simultaneously restarts the Stinger production line to fill munitions sent to Ukraine, an army official said Wednesday.

Stinger shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles manufactured by Raytheon Technologies RTX.N are in high demand in Ukraine, where they have successfully halted Russian assaults from the air, and in neighboring European countries which fear they may also have to repel Russian forces.

“We’re going to produce Stinger missiles for a number of years, while launching a new development program for the missile that will follow it,” Doug Bush, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, defense, told reporters. logistics and technology.

In May, the military awarded a $625 million contract to Raytheon for Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to replenish supplies sent to Ukraine.

Since February, the United States has shipped about 1,400 Stingers to Ukraine. US allies also want to restock weapons they have shipped to Ukraine in recent months.

(Reporting by Mike Stone in Washington, edited by Chris Reese)

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