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30 octobre 2015 5 30 /10 /octobre /2015 17:20
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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13 octobre 2015 2 13 /10 /octobre /2015 16:30
Rebels say US-made missiles turning tide against regime


Oct 13, 2015 Spacewar.com (AFP)


Beirut - American-made anti-tank missiles are turning the tide against the Syrian regime and allied forces in a major battle in the country's centre and northwest, rebel groups said Tuesday.


Non-Islamist opposition factions say they are using the US-made TOW missiles to halt a Syrian army advance that is backed by Russian air strikes in the provinces of Hama and Idlib.


The deliveries are distinct from ammunition packages that a US-led coalition airdropped to Arab rebel groups in northeastern Syria late Sunday to bolster the fight against the extremist Islamic State group.


"These rockets have played an important role in stopping the fierce attack by the Syrian regime and its Russian ally," said Asaad Hanna, spokesman for the non-Islamist Division 101.


"We are using the (TOW missiles) more now to turn up the heat on the front lines," Hanna told AFP.


According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, non-Islamist groups in central Syria have been receiving increased amounts of TOWs in the past four days.


Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said that rebel commanders were telling their units to "attack any soldier you see using TOW missiles as we have a blank cheque" with supplies so plentiful.


In 2014, rebel groups vetted by the US received TOW missiles for use in the provinces of Idlib, Aleppo, and Latakia.


Ahmad al-Shuhub, spokesman for the Fursan al-Haq rebel brigade, told AFP the current support was coming from the US-led military based in Amman.


Shuhub said the missiles had allowed the rebels "to respond to the Syrian army's advance".


And Lieutenant Colonel Ahmad Saoud, spokesman for Division 13, said the TOW missiles "have determined the battle".


"Whatever we are want, they are giving it to us," Saoud said, adding that his group's situation in terms of ammunition and weapons "is fantastic".


"The TOW missiles are the central and vital player in determining the battle between us and Russia, Iran, and Syria."


According to the Observatory, Division 13's base in the northwestern province of Idlib was targeted by Russian strikes last week.


Russia began its air war in Syria on September 30, saying it was targeting the Islamic State group and other "terrorists".


The strikes have been concentrated in Hama and Idlib, often striking Islamist and other rebels instead of IS.


Russian air support in northern parts of Hama province has helped a Syrian army ground operation retake some villages in the area.

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 16:20
Out Of The Tube


8/9/2014 Strategy Page


Spc. Ruben W. Moulton III, a Virginia Beach, Va., native serving as a team leader for 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, fires a TOW missile weapon system July 29 at Estonia Â’s Tapa Training Area. The unit fired more than a dozen TOW missiles to train on engagement and destruction of enemy armor, fortifications and amphibious landing craft on the battlefield. Approximately 600 paratroopers from the brigade are in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, which includes combined training exercises that foster cohesive relationships and demonstrate a commitment to NATO obligations. (Photo courtesy by Tanel Meos)

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17 juin 2014 2 17 /06 /juin /2014 11:20
Raytheon, Thales team to upgrade TOW missile

New variant will reduce cost, increase warfighter survivability


Jun 16, 2014 ASDNews Source : Raytheon Corporation


Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and Thales have signed a 27-month development and five-year production agreement in support of future improvements of Raytheon's tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided (TOW) weapon system.


Thales has committed a £13.5M (~$20.2 million) investment in the design and qualification of two new TOW missile subassemblies that will address obsolescence, increase system fuze safety and reduce total missile cost.


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19 février 2014 3 19 /02 /février /2014 08:20
Ducommun Receives Contract from Raytheon for TOW Missiles



Feb 18, 2014 ASDNews Source : Ducommun Incorporated


Ducommun Incorporated (NYSE: DCO) (“Ducommun” or the “Company”) has received a follow-on award from Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) to continue providing complex wiring harnesses and printed circuit card assemblies for the TOW (tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided) weapon system. The contract extends the Company’s support of the program through 2014, with production taking place at Ducommun’s facilities in Berryville, Ark. and Tulsa, Okla.


"We’re very proud to support this enduring program and provide our troops with the ruggedized electronics behind Raytheon’s next-generation TOW weapon system," said Anthony J. Reardon, chairman and chief executive officer of Ducommun. “We have a longstanding relationship with Raytheon on the TOW program and look forward to serving them for many years to come.”


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9 décembre 2013 1 09 /12 /décembre /2013 17:30
Saudi Arabia requests TOW missiles sale from US


9 December 2013 army-technology.com


The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of two potential foreign military sales (FMS) of tube-launched, optically tracked wire-guided (TOW) missiles to Saudi Arabia.


Under the first $170m FMS, Saudi Arabia has requested for supply of 750 BGM-71 2B TOW missiles, seven fly-to-buy TOW2B missiles, 1,000 BGM-71 2A TOW missiles, seven fly-to-buy TOW2A missiles, spare and repair parts, support equipment, and other related elements of logistics and programme support.


Besides supporting the Royal Saudi Land Forces' (RSLF) defence and counter-terrorism missions, the package will also contribute to stability in the Kingdom and the region, increase the country's overall deterrence capability, while enhancing the RSLF's compatibility with US forces.


The second estimated $900m sale covers supply of 9,650 BGM-71 2A TOW radio-frequency (RF) missiles, along with 4,145 BGM-71 2B tube-launched, optically-tracked wire-guided aero RF missiles, 91 TOW-2A fly-to-buy missiles, and 49 TOW-2B fly-to-buy missiles.


In addition, the sale is expected to enhance Saudi Arabia's capability to address and defeat threats from enemy armoured vehicles.


Both sales contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the US by improving the security of Saudi Arabia, which provide an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.


Raytheon Missile Systems and Raytheon will serve as prime contractors for the first and second sales, respectively.

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