Taiwan receives FIM-92 Stinger missiles under US military aid program

Taiwan reportedly has received the first shipment of FIM-92 Stinger missiles from the United States (US) under its $500 Million military aid program. 

However, this has not been confirmed by the Taiwanese government as of now.

Noteworthy, the package was the first batch of military grants which U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration recently decided to supply to Taiwan, using the Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA) Under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

About FIM-92 Stinger Missile 

The shoulder-fired FIM-92 Stinger is an American man-portable air-defense system (MANPADS) that operates as an infrared homing surface-to-air missile (SAM).

It is manufactured by Raytheon Missiles & Defense and is produced under license by Airbus Defence and Space in Germany and by Roketsan in Turkey.

The missile entered service in 1981 and is used by the militaries of the United States and 29 other countries. Further, it can be adapted to fire from a wide variety of ground vehicles, and from helicopters as the Air-to-Air Stinger (ATAS). 

The per unit cost of missile is around $119,320.