NATO places nearly $700M order for Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, official says


  • NATO has placed an order for Stinger anti-aircraft missiles totaling nearly $700 million.
  • The contract was signed during the NATO summit in Washington, according to Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
  • This follows a previous U.S. Army contract in May 2022 worth $625 million for Stinger missiles, aimed at replenishing stocks sent to Ukraine.

NATO has placed an order for Stinger anti-aircraft missiles worth almost $700 million in the name of several member states, the alliance’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday.

“Just today, the (NATO procurement agency) NSPA signed a new multinational contract for Stinger missiles worth almost $700 million,” he told a gathering of defence industry leaders on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Washington.

The last contract for Stinger missiles, made by RTX’s RTX.N Raytheon division, was awarded in May 2022.

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This was when the U.S. Army contracted $625 million worth of the anti-aircraft missiles to replenish stocks sent to Ukraine.

Jens Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a NATO 75th anniversary celebratory event at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium on July 9, 2024, in Washington, DC. NATO has placed an order for Stinger anti-aircraft missiles worth almost $700 million in the name of several member states, Stoltenberg said on Tuesday. (Andrew Harnik/Getty Images)

The shoulder-fired Stinger missiles have been in hot demand in Ukraine, where they have successfully stopped Russian assaults from the air, and in neighboring European countries which fear they may also need to beat back Russian forces.

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The NATO order for Stingers will keep the production line running through 2029, an RTX spokesman told Reuters.



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