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The Avenger

The mobile air defense system protects with a fearsome array of weapons

Soldiers know the importance of covering someone’s six. The Avenger weapon system has yours. This highly mobile, gyrostabilized, turret-mounted, surface-to-air missile and gun weapon system is designed to protect you from a wide range of aerial threats.

First deployed to support NATO troops during Operation Desert Storm, the Avenger counters cruise missiles, low-flying unmanned aerial systems (UASs) and both rotary-winged and fixed-wing aircraft. Today, more than 1,100 Avengers have been fielded to the Active Army and National Guard. And with advancements made by its manufacturer, Boeing, units can now customize* the weapon packages based on terrain and mission, whether air defense configurations or direct-fire assault.

 

WEAPON FEATURES

The Avenger’s arsenal features a number of options with formidable firepower:

 

Stinger missiles

• Two missile launcher pods containing four Stinger missiles each (eight missiles total)

• Maximum firing range: 8 km

• Maximum speed: Mach 2.2

• Reload time: Less than four minutes

 

High energy laser weapon

• Laser range finder locates targets, day or night

• Designed to neutralize improvised explosive devices and unexploded ordnance

• Provides counter-UAS

 

XM-293 .50 cal machine gun (M3P)

• Ability to engage ground targets

• Recoil-operated, link-belt fed and air-cooled

• Equipped to cover the system’s missile dead zone

• Carries 200 rounds

 

Additional armaments

• Hellfire/Longbow missile

• Rockets (guided, unguided)

• AIM-9X Sidewinder

• Bushmaster guns

 

*Boeing universal weapons interface allows integration of additional defense systems