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Raytheon unveils next-generation TOW EagleFire launcher

By Ryan Maass
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

TUCSON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- 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.

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"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."

Raytheon's TOW weapon system is used by over 40 armed forces around the world, put into more than 15,000 ground, vehicle, and helicopter platforms. In addition to the United States and other militaries, both the United Nations and NATO use the system for heavy assault and anti-armor purposes during peacekeeping missions. Military officials in the United States plan to use the system beyond 2025.

"Because the new system is less complex, we can provide superior performance in a reduced package," Gooden added. "By planning today for tomorrow's upgrades, TOW EagleFire will accommodate future missile evolution."

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