Egypt, Turkey purchase Stinger missiles


Egypt and Turkey will receive 174 Stinger surface to air missiles as part of a contract awarded to Raytheon, worth US$21 million.

The contract was announced by the US Department of Defence on Wednesday. Work will take place in Tucson, Arizona, and will be completed by December 31 next year.

The contract was placed by the US Army Contracting Command and provides for 194 FIM-92H Block 1 Stingers as well as ten Electronic Component Assemblies and spare parts for both Egypt and Turkey.

On June 25, 2009, Raytheon received a similar order, valued at US$26 million, for 178 Stingers, ten Electronic Control Assemblies and spares for Egypt and Turkey. In October 2007 Egypt officially requested 164 Block 1 Stingers configured for vehicle launch and 25 Boeing Avenger air defence vehicles.

The Avenger system mounts eight Stingers on a Humvee, along with a .50 calibre machine gun and optical and infrared sights, laser rangefinder and identification friend or foe system. Egypt has 50 Avengers in service, according to Army Technology.

According to the 2011 IISS Military Balance, Egypt has more than 700 surface to air missiles in its Air Defence Command inventory, including Crotale, Chaparral, Skyguard, Sea Sparrow, SA-2, SA-3 and SA-6 missiles.