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US Marines Shooting Down Aircrafts With FIM-92 Stinger – Shooting Against Training Drones

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The video shows US. Marines with the 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion conducting live-fire training with the FIM-92 Stinger against UAV (drone) targets at Onslow Beach, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. This was done to familiarize soldiers with the Stinger Weapon System.

Soldiers on the beach are shown unloading the Stinger from a vehicle, and a crew of four to five assemble it. One shoulders the Stinger, and a drone is released on the far end of the beach for the crew to sight. The Stinger is deployed, and soldiers are seen moving up and down the shore for better sighting and aim.

The FIM-92 Stinger is a Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS) that is operated as an infrared homing surface-to-air missile (SAM). This short-range system is used to target and hit helicopters or aircraft at low altitude combat. It is referred to as “fire and forget,” and can be fired from a wide range of ground vehicles, and even from helicopters.

The Stinger is designed for open land, and used by all US Armed Forces. It entered service in 1981. The basic Stinger missile has been responsible for destroying 270 vessels to date, the first of which was the IA 58 Pucara during the Falklands War.

Light to carry and easy to operate, the Stinger can be shoulder-fired by a single person, although standard procedure calls for at least two, a spotter and a gunner. The missile is 5 feet long and 2.8 inches in diameter, weighing 22 pounds. With the launcher, it weighs 34 pounds.

It is manufactured by Raytheon Missile Systems and licensed by EADS in Germany, where it is called Fliegerfaust 2 as a recall to the first handheld antiaircraft world created by the Germans, the Fliegerfaust. Rokestan in Turkey also has a license for it. The Stinger is also used by the military forces of 29 other countries.

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