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Raytheon to improve US Army’s TOW missile

10th October 2018 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Raytheon has received a $21 million contract from the US Army to develop a new propulsion system for its TOW missile, the company announced on 7 October.

The contract funds a three-year effort to make performance improvements to the tube-launched, optically tracked TOW missile. Performance improvements will be integrated into all TOW missile variants, including the top and direct attack 2B, direct attack 2A and Bunker Buster missiles.

The radio frequency-guided TOW missile is a long-range, heavy assault-precision anti-armour, anti-fortification and anti-amphibious landing weapon system that enables ground forces to achieve better capability against adversary armoured and wheeled systems, regardless of the environment or conditions.

Kim Ernzen, VP, land warfare systems, Raytheon, said:  ‘Improving TOW's propulsion system will increase range and deliver enhanced protection for ground troops while providing them with more capability. Raytheon and the army have consistently upgraded the TOW weapon system to keep it relevant for today's fight and help our soldiers preserve their overmatch advantage on the battlefield.’

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