Jordan to acquire TOW missiles from Raytheon

10 May 2016 (Last Updated May 10th, 2016 18:30)

The Jordanian Ministry of Defence is set to acquire tube-launched, optically tracked, wireless-guided (TOW) missiles from Raytheon.

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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 3,750m away, and is the preferred heavy-assault weapon system for Nato and UN peacekeeping operations worldwide.

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

Raytheon TOW programme director Scott Speet said: "Our international partners rely on the kind of extended-range precision TOW provides.

"We're looking forward to providing them this capability for many years to come."

Under the agreed terms, Raytheon will begin delivering the missiles later this year.

"Our international partners rely on the kind of extended-range precision TOW provides."

To date, the company has supplied more than 690,000 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 EagleFire 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.


Image: A TOW missile on display at the White Sands Missile Range Museum. Photo: courtesy of White Sands Missile Range Museum.