The Strategist

Raytheon brings back employees from retirement to produce Stinger missiles

06/29/2023 - 10:47

According to Defense One, American military giant Raytheon has rehired former workers to assist in restarting Stinger missile production.

The U.S. National Archives
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The Stinger missiles haven't been manufactured for 20 years, and it's interesting that they "became the stars of the show within the first 48 hours" of the Russian invasion’s start, leaving "everyone wanting more."

Wes Kremer, CEO of Raytheon, remarked, "We were bringing back retired employees who were in their 70s to teach our new employees how to actually build a Stinger."

The designs for the missile, which the Ukrainian military is using, were created between 1977 and 1981, when Jimmy Carter was President.

The Stinger missiles are still put together by hand, and automation and 3D printing would not be able to speed up their manufacture in this situation because the product would need to be redesigned and certified.