ube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wireless (TOW) missile

Raytheon Technical Services Company (RTSC) has received a contract from the US Army to provide logistics and engineering support services for its Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wireless (TOW) missile subsystems and related equipment.

Under the five year $77.9m contract, the company will specifically provide field engineering support, provisioning and repair support, technical engineering and configuration management for the army’s Close Combat Systems, including Bradley Fighting Vehicles (BFVs).

RTSC president John Harris said RTSC and Raytheon Missile Systems‘ engineering and logistics solutions will support the TOW subsystems from Huntsville to Afghanistan and offer assurance to the warfighters that they have systems that perform anytime and everywhere.

The company has carried out work on the TOW missiles for the army since 1990.

The TOW is a long-range, precision anti-armour, anti-fortification and anti-amphibious landing missile designed to defeat explosive reactive armour, bunkers, fortifications and amphibious landing craft, particularly in complex urban environments.

Featuring multi-mission TOW 2A, TOW 2B, TOW 2B Aero and TOW Bunker Buster missile variants, the weapon system is a command line-of-sight system that requires the gunner to track the target until the missile impacts.

Capable of firing from ground systems, vehicles or helicopters, the missile has been used by the US forces in every conflict since Vietnam war and is currently used in Afghanistan.

The missile is mounted onto the US army’s Stryker, Bradley M2/M3 IFV, Improved Target Acquisition Systems (ITAS) High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle and Light Armoured Vehicle-Anti-tank and the US Marine Corps (USMC) AH-1W Cobra helicopters.

The missile is also the preferred heavy assault anti-armour weapon system for NATO, coalition, UN and peacekeeping operations worldwide.

Image: A TOW missile being fired from the US Army’s M998 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle.