Janes.com reported that the U.S. Army is seeking to replace the Raytheon FIM-92 Stinger short-range air-defence (SHORAD) surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. The man-portable air defense system (MANPADS) request for information (RFI) seeks to meet increasing demand to counter the growing aerial threat capabilities, with a new SAM system to replace the Stinger that has been in the US Army inventory since the early 1980s. According to the RFI, the US Army is currently planning to award a full and open competitive contract no later than fiscal year 2026 for the production of up to 8,000 MANPADS missiles to fill this need.
"The Stinger Reprogrammable Microprocessor (RMP) will become obsolete in fiscal year (FY) 2023, and Stinger Block I is undergoing a service life extension to extend its end of useful life. The current Stinger inventory is in decline,” the Army said. “The (US) Army is conducting a SHORAD study which will inform efforts to modernize and to address emerging threats, which may increase the demand for MANPADS capable missiles."