Simmering territorial tensions in the South China Sea have since shifted the focus on the Philippines’ poorly guarded maritime frontiers.

Last year, China took control of almost 90 percent of South China Sea or the West Philippines sea.

An analyst at the International Strategic Defense Initiative comes up for the Philippines immediate strategy for its protection against potential external attacks or invasion.

According to the analyst, it is better for the Philippine government to acquire a Stinger Missile system or a man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS or MPADS) for its military. Than to wait for the more expensive shore base missile system.

A portable stinger missile system can improve its military capabilities against emerging air threats.


It is a shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles (SAMs). A portable and lightweight, typically guided military weapons necessary for the protection of the country.

Lance Cpl. Broderick Hall carries a field handling trainer Stinger missile during a six-mile hike Dec. 16. Marines with 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion covered various terrain at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point to condition their bodies for austere environments and build their combat readiness. The hike was conducted as initial conditioning in preparation for the upcoming Red Flag exercise. Red Flag is an annual multi-national aviation exercise hosted by the U.S. Air Force near Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Hall is a low altitude air defense gunner with 2nd LAAD Bn.
US Marines carries a field handling trainer Stinger missile during a six-mile hike.

The Unit (the full device) only cost is $38,000 dollars each. A low cost and effective portable weapons system without spending a big chunk of its military budget and can be easily purchased in the United States, Israel, Germany or in France.

Example of this type of weapons is FIM-92 Stinger. It is a combat-proven, lightweight, impact-penetration, supersonic, fire-and-forget, multi-platform, air-to-air and surface-to-air missile developed to counter low level flying threats such as aircraft, helicopters, UAVs and cruise missiles.

The Stinger missiles is man-portable and shoulder-fired and has been installed on ground vehicles to provide short-range/close-in air defense capability to ground military units.

It is controlled by two operators and can operate under all weather conditions.


It offers supersonic speed and agility and can accelerates to a maximum speed of Mach 2.54 (750 m/s).

It can also be installed on a Humvee and helicopters for self-defense purposes.

The Stinger-RMP is a reprogrammable missile meaning that no hardware changes are required to change missile’s software.

Stinger Missile during launch

The Stinger-RMP adds an improved IR-UV (Infrared and Ultraviolet) seeker, Identification Friend or Foe (IFF), improved range, improved maneuverability and best performance in IR countermeasures (IRCM) environments to the baseline Stinger missile.

The missile can also fly along the laser beam and strikes the aircraft where the missile operator or a gunner aims the laser.

By: Jason E.


  1. China need not to go here to win a war – all they have to do is do not allow petrol deliveries by sea – Filipinos will kill each other for food as there is no way to transport produce to the people.

  2. The stinger missile is very effective in close combat yes afganistan won over russia in afgan war but that is not the way the war will be now if china china will wage a war why wait to these chinese go near our safe zone.if these will happen we will loose,why? they have more reserve missile.even though the accuracy in not perfect but if they let loose thousand how caw can we deter it.the best way is to deter them early far way off our that our people will be save from to much casualty.dont make then go any us.

  3. yes we need more anti aircraft weaponry..we dont have enough fighter jet compare to enemy but we have anti aircraft missile that will be an equalizer.

  4. We need about 10,000 units of this so that the Chinese will at least be threatened when they decide to bombard the country!

  5. If the US are really intent on helping us then they can provide these Stingers for FREE, just like what they did in Afghanistan when the Russians invaded that country.

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