The US Army has awarded a contract to Raytheon for the development of a new propulsion system for the tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided (TOW) missile.
Valued at $21m, the contract will involve performance enhancements and upgrades to the anti-tank missile for a period of three years.
Through the contract, performance upgrades will be integrated into all variants of the TOW weapon system, including the top and direct attack 2B, direct attack 2A and Bunker Buster missiles.
Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice-president Kim Ernzen said: “Improving TOW’s propulsion system will increase range and deliver enhanced protection for ground troops while providing them with more capability.
“Raytheon and the Army have consistently upgraded the TOW weapon system to keep it relevant for today’s fight, and help our soldiers preserve their overmatch advantage on the battlefield.”
The TOW missile is a long-range, heavy-assault precision anti-armour, anti-fortification and anti-amphibious landing weapon system used by forces across the world.
The radio frequency-guided system enables ground forces to achieve overmatch against adversary armoured and wheeled systems, irrespective of the environment or conditions.
The heavy anti-tank and assault weapon system can be used for the US Army Stryker, Bradley fighting vehicle, improved target acquisition system (ITAS) high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle and light armoured vehicle-anti-tank platforms.
The upgrade programmes will help the missile remain in the army’s inventory until 2050.
To date, Raytheon has delivered more than 690,000 TOW missiles to the US and allied warfighters and is deployed with more than 20 international armed forces and integrated on to more than 15,000 ground, vehicle and helicopter platforms.