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BGM-71E TOW 2A  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1988
Total Production: 118,000
Also Known As: Orev and TOW-2A
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Raytheon
Parent System: BGM-71 TOW
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1970
Total Production: 690,000
Family Members: BGM-71A TOW, BGM-71C ITOW, BGM-71D TOW 2, BGM-71F TOW 2B, BGM-71G TOW and BGM-71H Bunker Buster
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Description: The BGM-71 TOW (Tube-launched, Optically-tracked and Wire-guided) missiles are designed to accurately destroy armored vehicles, fortifications and bunkers from safe ranges. Raytheon has produced more than 600,000 TOW missiles over the last 30 years for more than 40 international armed forces around the globe. The TOW missiles have been integrated in more than 15,000 ground vehicles and helicopters.

The TOW was introduced in 1970 and can be fired by the infantry (4 men) using a tripod, ground vehicles (HMMWV, M2) and helicopters (AH-1 Cobra). It is a wire guided weapon with a range in excess of 3,000 meters. The TOW's CLU (Command Launch Unit) allows operations in all weather day or night conditions, after the firing the gunner must keep the sight on the target to ensure the impact.

The TOW missile was widely used during the Vietnam (1970s) war, the Iran-Iraq (1980-88) war, the Desert Storm (1991) operation and most recently during the Iraqi Freedom (2003) operation.

The BGM-71E TOW 2A was developed to defeat armored vehicles outfitted with Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA). TOW2A features a tandem warhead, the first warhead set off the external ERA clearing the way for the TOW 2A's second warhead. The TOW 2A is combat proven defeating battle tanks with first/second generation ERA.

BGM-71E TOW 2A Applications

Armored Vehicles LAV M1134 Stryker ATGM M2A2 Bradley M2A3 Bradley M2A4 Bradley M3A2 Bradley M3A3 Bradley M7 BFIST M7A4 BFIST M901 Valuk 6x6 VCC 80 Dardo Cannons & Gear M41 ITAS TOW EagleFire Combat Aircraft A129 Mangusta AH-1W Super Cobra AS550 Fennec AW129 International Support Aircraft AS555 Fennec AW109 LUH

BGM-71E TOW 2A Specifications

Diameter: 147 millimeter (5.79 inch)
Length: 1,170 millimeter (46 inch)
Max Range: 3,750 meter (2.02 nautical mile)
Piercing in Armor: 700 millimeter
Top Speed: 329 mps (1,185 kph)
Service Life: 15 year
Warhead: 3.13 kilogram (6.90 pound)
Weight: 21.6 kilogram (48 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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BGM-71E TOW 2A News

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Sunday, October 7, 2018US Army to Seek New Propulsion System for TOW Missile
Sunday, February 28, 2016Russian T-90 Tanks Supplied to Syria can Withstand TOW Missiles
Wednesday, November 18, 2015FMS: Morocco Seeks 600 TOW 2A Missiles
Wednesday, July 22, 2015FMS: Lebanon Seeks 1,500 TOW 2A Missiles
Thursday, December 5, 2013FMS: Saudi Arabia Seeks 1,750 Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked Wire-Guided Missiles
Tuesday, February 28, 2012TOW Anti-Tank Missile Tests New Propulsion System Allowing to Fly Faster and Farther
Tuesday, September 9, 2008FMS: Egypt Seeks 6,900 TOW 2A Anti-Tank Missiles
Tuesday, October 30, 2007FMS: Egypt Requests 2,000 TOW 2A Anti-Tank Missiles
Monday, October 29, 2007FMS: Israel Seeks 3,800 Missiles and 293,000 Munitions
Thursday, December 7, 2006FMS: Pakistan Requests TOW 2A Missiles

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