Raytheon Technologies' missiles and defense business test-fired a Block I Stinger missile using a Javelin lightweight command launch unit at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida to evaluate the combined system's capacity to destroy ground and airborne targets.
A team of warfighters from the Mississippi National Guard used a Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control system and a Sentinel radar simulator to trace and engage a drone target with the Stinger missile, Raytheon said Thursday.
The Javelin LWCLU is lighter than its predecessor and houses updated optical features to support intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations. The device also features optimized visual range under varying weather conditions.
According to Raytheon, the Stinger missile logged over 270 rotary and fixed-wing intercepts since its deployment.