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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.

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