The FIM-43 Redeye was a man-portable surface-to-air missile system.
The FIM-43 Redeye was first designed in July 1959. It developed several versions of the missiles, known as Blocks I, II, and III, each with a variance of the warhead. By 1965-1966, General Dynamics developed the final configuration, and was eventually mass-produced in 1968.
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During the 1974 Peace Walker Incident, Big Boss managed to procure design specs after neutralizing a Hind A unit at Catarata de la Muerte while attempting to locate the AI Lab in Central Heredia. The MSF then developed their own version.
In 1984, 50 redeye systems were delivered to the Mujahideen during the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan, which they used to shoot down Su-25s, Mi-24 and Mi-8 choppers, as well as various other Soviet aircraft. By November 1985, it was largely replaced by the FIM-92 Stinger, and the Redeye's service was discontinued by 1995, by that time more than 85,000 rounds were created.
In-game weapons description
- "A man-portable, disposable surface-to-air missile launcher.
While not necessarily all it could be performance-wise, it does provide infantry with excellent anti-air capabilities and is now widely used in the U.S. and throughout the free world.
The missiles use a passive infrared guidance system, making them the perfect weapon to counter airstrikes by attack choppers. If you're going to be facing enemy aircraft in a mission, you can't go wrong with the FIM-43."
- ―FIM-43 Redeye weapons description from Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker