Avenger

Overview

Avenger in field

The Avenger is an inexpensive, lightweight, shoot-on-the-move short-range air defense system designed for rapid firing. The system requires a minimum of training and has proven its capabilities through extensive field usage.

Capabilities

  • Fires quickly and accurately, operating in a stand-alone configuration or mounted on various other military vehicles
  • Carries eight Stingers in two four-missile launch pods ready for rapid firing from a gyro-stabilized turret
  • Acquires targets either by direct vision using the head-up display optical sight or by using a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) system

Versatility of Avenger system

  • C-130 aircraft transports three systems and their crews, while a C-141B aircraft transports six
  • CH-47 or CH-53 helicopter can airlift two complete units

Delivery Schedule

  • In November 2008, Avenger celebrated the 20th anniversary of its first production delivery.
  • In early 1990, Avenger received Department of the Army approval for full-scale production.
  • More than 1,100 Avengers are fielded to the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard worldwide.
  • The first of several international sales was executed in 1996.

During the test and evaluation phase, the Avenger met or exceeded all test requirements in both day and night testing.

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