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This guide discusses the numerous adjustments within the TOW missile, TOW education, and OPFOR armored automobiles and countermeasures. It comprises education details at the M220A1 (basic) and M220A2 tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided (TOW) weapon platforms and provider M966. Its meant viewers contains leaders and individuals of mechanized infantry, mild infantry, airborne, and airmobile infantry firms who teach and attempt members and crews.

The TOW is a crew-portable heavy antitank missile weapon system
that might be operated from armored, flippantly armored, and unarmored
multipurpose cars and helicopters, and from the floor mount. The
system comprises a guided missile and a launcher to have interaction tanks,
fortifications, and different materiel ambitions. The time period “TOW” is an acronym
derived from the phrases that describe the central working good points of
the missile⎯tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided. The launcher
initiates, tracks, and controls the flight of the missile by means of information signals
transmitted over a command-link twine that connects the missile with the

The TOW weapon process includes a launcher, which has monitoring and keep an eye on features, and the missile, that is encased in a release box. The launcher is provided with self-contained, replaceable units.

a. features. The TOW is principally an antitank weapon used for long-range engagement of armored goals. it may be hired in all climatic conditions so long as the gunner can see his goal throughout the daysight tracker or nightsight. The TOW additionally offers a long-range attack potential opposed to seriously fortified bunkers, capsule packing containers, and
gun emplacements.

(1) The ITOW missile can spoil goals at a minimal variety of sixty five meters and a greatest diversity of 3,750 meters. The TOW 2B missile can smash ambitions at a minimal diversity of 288 meters while fired from the floor mount and two hundred meters whilst fired from the HMMWV or BFV. The TOW 2B has a greatest variety of 3,750 meters even if flooring- or vehicle-mounted.

(2) the automated missile monitoring and regulate functions of the TOW weapon procedure supply a excessive first-round-hit likelihood. to function the method, the gunner locations the crosshairs of the sighting method (either the daysight tracker or the nightsight) at the aim, fires the missile, and facilities the crosshairs at the goal photograph till missile effect. The optical monitoring and command services in the process advisor the missile alongside the gunner’s line of sight. The gunner doesn't follow lead, windage, or elevation.

b. Mobility. The TOW weapon approach will be vehicle-mounted or floor emplaced (tripod-mounted) for operation. Missiles could be introduced from both operational mode. (Detailed working methods for every configuration are supplied in Chapters 2 and 3.)

(1) the complete approach might be hand-carried via a weapon staff; for that reason, emplacement websites should be replaced fast to lessen detection or to have interaction objectives which are out of range.

(2) The vehicle-mounted launcher is extra cellular and will be quick ready to be used. The launcher should be assembled and disassembled with no using tools.

(3) integrated self-test circuits can be utilized to envision the operational of the assembled launcher even if floor- or vehicle-mounted.

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