Raytheon has been awarded a $55m contract by the US Government to deliver TOW (tube-launched, optically tracked, wireless-guided) 2A radio frequency missiles to Saudi Arabia.

TOW RF missiles include an RF transmitter added to the missile case and an RF receiver located inside the missile.

Raytheon’s vice-president of land combat, Jim Riley, said TOW RF missiles are tremendous weapons because of their high mobility, rapid response and close-fire support capabilities.

“This missile can give soldiers at the lowest tactical echelon immediate, precision firepower,” he said.

Raytheon’s TOW international business development manager Shawn Ball said that in today’s battlefield, potential targets are hiding in caves, behind boulders or in the mountains.

“TOW RF missiles are more than capable of taking out these kinds of targets,” he said.

The missiles are available in more than 10,000 airborne and ground platforms and are used as heavy assault weapons in combat operations by 40 countries around the world.

The contract is part of the US foreign military sale to Saudi Arabia’s National Guard.