Raytheon Missile Systems has been awarded a contract modification for the procurement of BGM-71 TOW (Tube-launched Optically-tracked Wireless-guided) missiles.
The modification, worth around $38 million, was awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) located at Redstone Arsenal (RSA), Alabama. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 other procurement (Army) funds for the amount were obligated at the time of the award.
The work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona; and Farmington, New Mexico, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2020.
BGM-71 TOW (“Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided”) is an American anti-tank missile.
TOW replaced much smaller missiles like the SS.10 and ENTAC, offering roughly twice the effective range, a more powerful warhead, and a greatly improved semi-automatic guidance system that could also be equipped with infrared cameras for night time use.
First produced in 1970, the TOW is one of the most widely used anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM). It can be found in a wide variety of manually carried and vehicle mounted forms, as well as widespread use on helicopters. Originally designed by Hughes Aircraft in the 1960s, the weapon is currently produced by Raytheon.
With its extended range performance, the TOW missile is the long-range precision, heavy anti-tank and assault weapon system of choice for the U.S. Army Stryker, Bradley Fighting Vehicle, ITAS High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) and Light Armored Vehicle-Anti-Tank (LAV-AT) platforms.
Raytheon has delivered more than 700,000 TOW weapon systems deployed with more than 40 international armed forces and integrated on more than 15,000 ground, vehicle and helicopter platforms. It’s also the preferred heavy assault anti-armor weapon system for NATO, coalition, United Nations and peacekeeping operations worldwide.