TOW & I-TOW
TOW is a US anti-tank missile. TOW stands for Tube launched,
Optically tracked, Wire command link guided.
The basic TOW Weapon System was fielded in 1970. Manufactured by Hughes Aircraft Company, the TOW is the most widely distributed anti-tank guided missile in the world with over 500,000 built and in service in the US and 36 other countries.
The TOW has extensive combat experience in Vietnam and the Middle East. Iran may have obtained 1,750 or more TOWs and used TOWs against Iraqi tanks in the 1980s. The TOW 2 launcher is the most recent launcher upgrade. It is compatible with all TOW missiles.
The TOW 2 Weapon System is composed of a reusable launcher, a missile guidance set, and sight system. The system can be tripod mounted.
However because it is heavy,
it is generally employed from the HMMWV. The missile has a 20 year
maintenance free storage life. All versions of the TOW missile can be
fired from the current launcher.
firing the missile, the gunner must keep the cross hairs of the sight
cantered on the target to ensure a hit. The system will operate in all
weather conditions in which the gunner can see a target throughout the
missile flight by using either a day or night sight.