New TOW mis­sile achieves 100th di­rect hit


Raytheon Com­pany and the US Army achieved ex­cel­lence in re­cent flight tests of the tube-launched, op­ti­cal­ly­tracked, wire­less (TOW) mis­sile. In Septem­ber, the team scored its 100th TOW hit, which marked the suc­cess­ful en­gage­ment of 100 out of 100 tar­gets.

Dur­ing the test­ing pro­gramme, which be­gan in 2011, sev­eral mis­siles hit tar­gets be­yond 4,000 me­tres with zero inches of de­vi­a­tion from the aim point in ei­ther al­ti­tude or az­imuth, demon­strat­ing ac­cu­racy and re­li­a­bil­ity.

“TOW con­tin­ues to build on its legacy as one of the most ac­cu­rate and ef­fec­tive pre­ci­sion as­sault weapon sys­tems in mil­i­taries around the world,” said Scott Speet, Raytheon Mis­sile Sys­tems’ TOW pro­gram di­rec­tor. “At the same time, it re­mains the most af­ford­able mis­sile in its cat­e­gory.”

The TOW weapon sys­tem features a fam­ily of mul­ti­mis­sion mis­siles fired from a va­ri­ety of ground and heli­copter plat­forms. Wire­less TOW mis­siles in­clude an RF trans­mit­ter added to the mis­sile case and an RF re­ceiver lo­cated in­side the mis­sile. Since no launcher mod­i­fi­ca­tions were re­quired for the tran­si­tion to wire­less, this growth in ca­pa­bil­ity is trans­par­ent to TOW cus­tomers.

The tube-launched, op­ti­cally-tracked, wire­less weapon sys­tem, with the mul­ti­mis­sion TOW 2A, TOW 2B, TOW 2B Aero and TOW Bunker Buster mis­siles, is the pre­mier long-range, pre­ci­sion anti-ar­mour, an­tifor­ti­fi­ca­tion and anti-am­phibi­ous land­ing weapon sys­tem used through­out the world to­day. TOW is in ser­vice in more than 40 in­ter­na­tional armed forces and in­te­grated on more than 15,000 ground, ve­hi­cle and heli­copter plat­forms world­wide. The TOW weapon sys­tem is ex­pected to be in ser­vice with the US mil­i­tary be­yond 2025. De­cem­ber 2012 marks the 50th an­niver­sary of the TOW mis­sile pro­gramme, with more than 6,50,000 mis­siles pro­duced.

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