On the fringes of the Nato summit in Washington on 9 July, Nato’s Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) signed a contract for the procurement of 940 FIM-92K Stinger Block I Missiles from RTX on behalf of Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands, worth $780m.

The deal follows approval from the US State Department for a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) granted in December 2023, and the contract will be awarded through the Stinger Support Partnership framework established in 1990. 

“Multinational, multi-year procurement opportunities like this ensure Allies can meet their capability targets, respond to national requirements, and continue to provide support to Ukraine,” said Rachel Ellehuus, Secretary of Defense Representative in Europe and Defense Advisor for the US Mission to Nato.

Consolidated through the NSPA, the multi-year, multi-national contract provides substantial savings for the Alliance member nations, and supports the Defence Production Action Plan to enhance engagement with the defence industry. 

“As Nato’s lead organisation for acquisition, support and sustainment, NSPA provides Allies and Partner Nations with effective multinational solutions through proven legal frameworks. The consolidation of requirements results in economies of scale, significantly reducing costs and logistics footprint, and offers additional operational benefits, such as commonality beyond interoperability,” said Stacy Cummings, NSPA General Manager.

In the announcement of the FMS approval from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the proposed sale included Battery Coolant Units (BCU), metal containers, US Government and contractor assistance, and logistics and program support. 

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The Stinger Man-Portable Air Defence System (MANPADS) is a shoulder-fired, fire-and-forget Stinger SAM system that employs rolling airframe canard control concept. It is controlled by two operators and can operate under all weather conditions. The FIM-92K variant supplied in the contract to Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands features vehicle data link for targeting rather than the missile’s own seeker. 

“Stinger is the world’s most effective and man-portable air defence missile fielded today, providing service members with combat proven protection in the face of growing threats. We continue to partner with NSPA to deliver critical capabilities while providing interoperability and cost savings across NATO nations,” said Christopher Calio, RTX president and chief executive officer.