US approves TOW missile system sale to Oman

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

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided (TOW) 2B missiles to Oman.

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The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided (TOW) 2B missiles to Oman.

Under the estimated $51m deal, Oman has requested the supply of 400 TOW 2B aero radio frequency (RF) missiles (BGM-71F-3-RF), seven TOW 2B aero RF (BGM-71F-3-RF) fly-to-buy missiles, and associated equipment and defence services.

Raytheon Missile Systems has been selected to serve as the prime contractor for the FMS programme.

The proposed sale will improve Oman's integrated ground defence capability, and contribute to US foreign policy in the Middle East.

"Raytheon Missile Systems has been selected to serve as the prime contractor for the FMS programme."

The Royal Army of Oman, which already operates these missiles, will use this capability to strengthen its homeland defence, and enhance interoperability with the US and other allies.

Featuring multi-mission TOW 2A, TOW 2B, TOW 2B Aero, and TOW bunker-buster missile variants, the BGM-71 TOW is a long-range anti-tank missile designed to defeat explosive reactive armour, bunkers, fortifications and amphibious landing craft in urban environments.

The missile is in service with more than 40 international armed forces, and is integrated on more than 15,000 ground, vehicle, and helicopter platforms worldwide.

Last year, the US approved the sale of BGM-71 wireless-guided TOW 2A missiles and TOW 2A, radio frequency (RF) missiles to Lebanon and Morocco respectively.


Image: A TOW missile being fired from an M151. Photo: courtesy of Profoss/Wikipedia.