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Raytheon introduces new launcher for the TOW weapon system. Photo courtesy of Raytheon

Raytheon introduces new launcher for the TOW weapon system. Photo courtesy of Raytheon

 

Oct. 29, 2015 By Ryan Maass (UPI)

 

TUCSON -- Raytheon has introduced a next-generation TOW EagleFire launcher, the latest development in the TOW weapon family. The launcher is designed to fire both wire-guided and wireless radio frequency missiles. Raytheon officials say the EagleFire is a followup to the TOW 2 launcher, and features improved capabilities at a lower cost. These improvements include integrated day-and-night sight, range-finding capabilities, ergonomic handgrips, and an extensive built-in test capability. "We improved target acquisition and engagement found in the older TOW 2 launcher system," said Duane Gooden, vice president of Raytheon's Land Warfare Systems in a statement. "TOW EagleFire is simpler to maintain and more reliable, thanks to built-in test equipment and a significant reduction in system subassemblies."

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