Philco-Ford Alternate Stinger/Ford Aerospace Saber

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Philco-Ford Alternate Stinger (USA) Philco was awarded a 23-month US Army Missile Command contract in November 1973 to develop this competitor for Stinger (see above). The missile, 18 prototype and qualification rounds of which will be manufactured, is to have semi-active laser guidance rather than the infra-red homing of Stinger.

$5 million contract awarded. Laser command to line of sight guidance. 10 missiles produced, 4 for bench tests and 6 delivered to Army from July 1975. First firing in November 1975 hit a stationary target.


Michael & John Taylor, Missiles of the World, Ian Allan 1976
Ford Aerospace Saber/Philco-Ford "Alternate Stinger" laser guided missile

This topic might seem more than a little confusing, since this program began as the DOD funded "Alternate Stinger" in the early 1970s, exploring laser guidance as a fallback or competitor concept to the now well known Stinger missile, but persisted until at least the late 1980s as a private venture on the part of Ford Aerospace.

To add to the confusion, Ford Aerospace marketed two alternative versions during the late 1980s, advertising both as being dual purpose surface-to-air and anti-tank missiles, with the primary difference being size.

For the shoulder fired MANPADS role:

"Basic Saber"
1.09m long
120mm in diameter

Using a standard TOW or purpose designed container launcher:

"Long Range Saber"
1.47m long
147mm in diameter

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