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New antitank weapons for Thai marines

17th June 2021 - 23:47 GMT | by Sompong Nondhasa in Bangkok

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Thai marines recently received 12 TOW-2 launcher kits and 100+ missiles. (Sompong Nondhasa)

Two new types of antitank weapon have been admitted into the Thai marines.

The Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) unveiled two new antitank weapons, the TOW-2A RF and M72 EC Mk1, in Navy Exercise 2021 in April. The exercise included firing demonstrations.

Last year the RTMC received 12 TOW-2 launchers from Raytheon, along with more than 100 TOW-2A RF missiles to replace old TOW wire-guided missiles in its inventory.

The TOW-2A RF is guided by radio waves, and the BGM-71E-4B-RF missile can penetrate some 760mm of armour.

The RTMC will fire approximately 6-10 TOW-2A RF rockets each year for performance testing and personnel training. Marines also train on a simulator for crews to ...

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