US approves sale of TOW-2A missiles and launchers to Morocco

16 September 2019 (Last Updated September 16th, 2019 15:17)

The US Administration has approved Morocco’s request to purchase TOW-2A missiles and launchers to improve its ground defence capability.

The US Administration has approved Morocco’s request to purchase TOW-2A missiles and launchers to improve its ground defence capability.

The potential foreign military sale has an estimated value of $776m and will include 2,401 TOW 2A radio frequency (RF) missiles and 28 TOW 2A RF missiles,  and fly-to-buy missiles for lot acceptance testing.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced that Congress has been notified about the sale.

Under the sale, Morocco will also receive 400 M220A2 TOW launchers and/or 400 M41 Improved Target Acquisition System (ITAS) launchers.

In addition, the proposed sale will include the provision of missile support equipment, spare parts, test equipment and training, as well as technical and logistical support.

In a statement, DSCA said: “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to improve the security of a major non-Nato ally that continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in North Africa.”

The agency stated that the procurement of the missiles and launchers will help the North African nation in its integrated ground defence capability development.

The sale will also contribute to Morocco’s military capabilities to maintain stability and security in the region.

Raytheon Missile Systems is the primary contractor for the sale of the missiles and launchers to Morocco.

Fired from ground platforms, the optically tracked, wireless-guided TOW 2A RF missile is compatible with all TOW launch systems.

TOW missiles are long-range precision, heavy anti-tank and assault weapon systems that provide extended range.

The missile system is used on US Army platforms such as Bradley fighting vehicle, Stryker, ITAS high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle and Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) anti-tank.

Separately, another DSCA notification has stated that the State Department cleared the potential sale of additional ammunition for Morocco’s F-16 fighter jet fleet.