The Humvee-mounted Stinger anti-aircraft system could become a modular platform for an array of weapons.
AFPS carries what Boeing calls its “classic” Avenger weapon, the Stinger surface-to-air missile. But it can field an array of other weapons, including the AIM-9X surface-to-air missile, which has longer range than the Stinger.
Hellfire missiles and 2.75-inch guided rockets on AFPS can defend against ground targets and a remotely operated, lightweight 25mm machine gun can counter air or ground targets, Boeing said.
The company says AFPS can even carry a high-energy laser to destroy unexploded ordnance on the ground or unmanned aircraft in the air. Weapons can be removed or installed in a matter of minutes.
While the Avenger’s rotating turret is mounted on a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, commonly known as the Humvee, the AFPS system can be placed with or without a turret on a variety of vehicles, including the new mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicles that being used to protect U.S. troops against roadside bombs in Afghanistan.
Other potential platforms include a whole range of medium tactical vehicles or even the ground or a ship.
Here’s a standard Stinger-equipped Avenger letting one fly:
Murdoc has written about Avengers being modified for combat in an environment where the enemy has no aircraft before:
This seems like a viable approach for a modular system.