The German parliamentary defence procurement approvals committee has cleared series production of the STN-Atlas Elektronik Light Anti-Aircraft System (LeFlaSys). The LeFlaSys is based around European-produced Raytheon Stinger infrared-guided short range surface-to-air missile (SAM), and is designed to provide anti-aircraft protection to crisis reaction forces and other airborne troop units. According to STN-Atlas, the ministry also plans to adapt the system to use Russian-built Igla missiles procured by the former East German National People's Army. Three anti-aircraft batteries are to be equipped with the tracked vehicle-based system from the year 2000.

Source: Flight International