The Defense Department has approved an Egyptian order for the
U.S.-origin Stinger missiles, Middle East Newsline reported. Officials said the Stinger would be launched
from U.S. combat vehicles rather than consist of shoulder-fired man-portable
"The award will provide for the procurement of 174 92H Block 1 Stinger
missiles and 10 electronic component assemblies and spare parts for Egypt
and Turkey," the Pentagon said.
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In a statement on Oct. 5, the Pentagon said it awarded Raytheon a $21.4
million contract to provide the Stingers to U.S. allies. The contract was
expected to be completed by early 2013 under the supervision of the U.S.
"One bid was solicited, with one bid received," the Pentagon said.
Officials said Egypt has been employing the Stingers on the Avenger
short-range low-altitude air defense missile system from the U.S.-origin
HMMWV. They said Turkey would use the Stingers for an air defense system
developed by the state-owned Roketsan.