The Army awarded RTX and Lockheed Martin contracts for Stinger surface-to-air missile upgrades and replacements for a combined $729 million, the Defense Department announced Tuesday.
RTX received a contract for $418 million with the work to be completed in Tucson, AZ by an estimated completion date of March 12, 2028.
Lockheed Martin received a contract for $311 million with the work to be completed in Grand Prairie, TX by an estimated completion date of June 12, 2028.
The United States has sent approximately 2,000 Stinger missiles to Ukraine during its ongoing conflict with Russia as part of numerous military assistance packages, according to Defense Department documents.
Entering service in 1981, the Stinger is designed to provide short-range air defense and can be fired from man-portable launchers and vehicles. It comes in numerous variants including an air-to-air variant designed to be launched from helicopters.
The Stinger is used by the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and many other nations.
In March 2023, the Army selected RTX and Lockheed to develop a Stinger replacement.