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System Support

Stinger teams must know where to obtain needed repair and service for their weapon system and training equipment. They must know what maintenance is authorized at their level on this equipment. Additionally, Stinger teams must know who to contact for needed rations and supplies when attached to maneuver elements. This chapter discusses these points and outlines the maintenance and logistics support concept for Stinger teams.


The Stinger weapon is issued as a certified round of ammunition. Stinger weapon maintenance is done only at organizational and depot levels. There are no intermediate levels of maintenance. Organizational (user) maintenance is done by the Stinger team. Unserviceable weapons are returned to the ASP. User maintenance consists of preventive maintenance (PM) and replacement of certain parts. Maintenance tools and equipment are limited to cleaning and painting materials and the TL-29, combination flat blade screwdriver and knife. No special tools, test equipment, or training are required to perform this maintenance.

Specific maintenance checks and services on Stinger equipment are listed in TM 9-1425-429-12. Careful attention should be given to the safety precautions listed in this technical manual.


Operator/user maintenance of the Stinger weapon and missile-rounds is performed by the individual teams. This maintenance consists of correcting visually detected faults on the exterior of the equipment. Repair parts are kept in the authorized stockage list of the direct support unit (DSU) supporting the Stinger unit.


In peacetime, missile-rounds found unserviceable by surveillance checks are returned to depot for repair or disposal.


Organizational Maintenance

Tactical Maintenance

System Training Support

Combat Service Support


In combat, missile-rounds which do not work will be destroyed. Should a weapon-round misfire during engagement, the round and gripstock are considered unserviceable. After following appropriate safety procedures, both the gripstock and missile-round should be returned to the ASP. Procedures for handling hangfires, misfires, and duds can be found in chapter 3 and TM 9-1425-429-12.


A BCU which does not activate is discarded by the user. Activated BCUs are also discarded by the user.


The IFF interrogator has its battery recharged and is reprogrammed by the section headquarters. The reprogramming for Mode 4 is done using the IFF programmer. With precharged batteries, the interrogator can be programmed and checked out within 10 minutes. User maintenance consists of visual inspection of the exteriors for damage, periodic cleaning, and spot painting. Unserviceable items are turned in to the DSU for replacement. The section maintains two operational float interrogators for exchange with the teams.


There is no user maintenance required by the team on the transport harness other than normal routine maintenance. If the straps are torn, the harness may be taken to the DSU for sewing. If a buckle is broken, the harness will be turned in as unserviceable and a new buckle or new transport harness will be issued.


Shipping and storage containers which cannot be repaired at the user level are turned in to the DSU for replacement. A damaged container is exchanged for a new container. Do not use a weapon if its container has been dropped a distance of 5 feet or more.


Stinger training support equipment, belonging to the team, consists of the FHT M60. This item requires organizational maintenance performed on it similar to the tactical equipment.

If the FHT is defective and cannot be repaired by replacement of components at the user level, it will be turned in as unserviceable. A serviceable FHT is then issued to the unit.


MANPAD teams supporting companies, batteries, or troops will usually request supplies through their section headquarters. The section chief will prearrange this support when ordering for his teams such items as rations; petroleum, oils, and lubricants (POL); clothing; spare parts; and personal health items. Combat service support is provided by the combat support company, headquarters company, or headquarters and service battery, depending on the type of battalion the section is supporting.

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