JORDAN TO ACQUIRE TOW MISSILES FROM RAYTHEON
The Jordanian Ministry of Defence is set to acquire tube-launched, optically tracked, wireless-guided (TOW) missiles from Raytheon. An agreement for the missiles has been signed between Jordan’s Ministry of Defence and the US Department of Defense. The TOW missile can destroy armoured targets up to 3,750 m away, and is the preferred heavy-assault weapon system for NATO and UN peacekeeping operations worldwide. Raytheon TOW Program Director Scott Speet said: “Our international partners rely on the kind of extended-range precision TOW provides.”
Under the agreed terms, Raytheon will begin delivering the missiles later this year. To date, the company has supplied more than 6,90,000 TOW missiles to US and allied warfighters. The missiles are used by more than 40 international armed forces and more than 15,000 ground, vehicle and helicopter platforms worldwide. The TOW weapon system will be in service with the US military from 2025. In October, Raytheon introduced the next-generation TOW Eagle Fire launcher, which is designed to fire both wire-guided and wireless radio frequency missiles. The new launcher is said to reduce obsolescence issues and offer increased capabilities over the TOW 2 launcher at a lower cost. It features ergonomic handgrips and extensive built-in-test capabilities.