U.S. Army refurbishes Stinger anti-aircraft missiles

By Defence Industry Europe

The U.S. Army has successfully refurbished nearly 1,900 Stinger missiles, previously unserviceable, at a significant cost saving of approximately USD 50,000 per missile compared to buying new ones. This initiative, part of the Stinger Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) started in 2017 at McAlester Army Ammunition Plant (MCAAP), gained momentum following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022.


The project, led by the Program Executive Office, Missiles and Space (PEO MS), initially targeted refurbishing around 40% of the 2,700 aged missiles. However, MCAAP’s efficient approach resulted in about 70% of the missiles being restored, surpassing the initial goal of 1,100 and completing the task four months ahead of the 16-month schedule.



With the last batch of new Stingers delivered in 2005, the Army turned to MCAAP to extend the life of its existing stock. MCAAP not only extended these missiles’ shelf life by 10 years but also upgraded them with technology to counter Unmanned Aerial Systems—a capability not envisaged when Stingers were first designed.



“This collaborative effort underscores PEO MS and AMC’s commitment to providing critical capabilities for the Army mission,” stated Douglas Bush, Army Acquisition Executive.



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