Artifacts

Stinger Missile Launcher

Artifact Details

The United States supplied Afghan guerillas with Stinger missiles, which allowed them to take down Soviet gunships and drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan.

The Stinger missiles supplied by the United States gave Afghan guerrillas, generally known as the Mujahideen, the ability to destroy the dreaded Mi-24D helicopter gunships deployed by the Soviets to enforce their control over Afghanistan. Three of the first four Stingers fired each took down a gunship. The guerrillas were now able to challenge Soviet control of the airspace above the battlefield. Mujahideen morale soared as Soviet losses mounted. By 1989, the Soviet Union had concluded that the fight was not worth the cost and withdrew from the country.

Artifact Specs

153 cm x 18 cm
(L x W)

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