Initial work on the missile was begun by General Dynamics in 1967 as the Redeye II. It was accepted for further development by the U.S. Army in 1971 and designated FIM-92; the Stinger appellation was chosen in 1972. Because of technical difficulties that dogged testing, the first shoulder launch was not until mid-1975. Production of the FIM-92A began in 1978 to replace the FIM-43 Redeye. Production of FIM-92A ended in 1987 with around 16,000 missiles produced.
Conflict: Desert Storm Edit
The Stinger is the main anti-air launcher used by the special operations team.