US Army displays TOW system capabilities to Spanish Forces


The US Army Europe (USAREUR) has demonstrated tracked wireless-guided weapon (TOW) system capabilities to the Spanish Armed Forces at the Chinchilla training area, Spain.

During the bilateral Sky Soldier 16 exercise, Spanish soldiers and US Army paratroopers were trained to use the M41 TOW improved target acquisition system.

US Army paratrooper 1st lieutenant and Company D executive officer Jacob Wijnberg said: "The TOW is our most effective anti-tank weapon.

"Spanish observers were present throughout the TOW training to exchange techniques and ensure the safety of all involved. The BRIPAC uses similar systems so they were familiar with this kind of training.

Spanish army captain and BRIPAC Headquarters Company commander Jaime Arribas added: "The training has been great so far and a great opportunity for us to be embedded with an American Army battalion.

"The TOW is our most effective anti-tank weapon."

"The TOW system is not a capability that the BRIPAC regularly train on as they possess different systems like VAMTAC BM2 anti-tank vehicle."

The TOW comprises an improved targeting acquisition system and tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided missiles.

It is capable of destroying armoured targets up to 3,750m away, and is the preferred heavy-assault, anti-armour weapon system for Nato and UN peacekeeping operations worldwide.

TOW variants include multi-mission TOW 2A, TOW 2B, TOW 2B Aero, and TOW bunker-busters.

Sky Soldier 16 aims to build a foundation for future allied training for both the forces, and improve unit lethality and tactical airborne proficiency for contingency operations.

Image: US Army paratroopers inspect a M41 TOW improved target acquisition system during Exercise Sky Soldier 16. Photo: courtesy of Staff Sgt. Opal Vaughn/US Army.