Operator: Saudi Arabia Jordan Egypt Bahrain Israel
Status: In Service In Service / On Order In Service In Service In Service
Number: 5,100 1,230 / Unknown 11,200 270 2,400
Cost: $177 mil deal for 700 (2010) Part of $52 mil for 400 (2002) $319 mil for 6,928 (2009) $132 mil (2002)
Acquired: 8 batches between 1976-present 3 batches between 2001-2004 3 batches between 1998-2012 2001-2002 2003-2004
Operator: Kuwait Oman Tunisia Lebanon Turkey
Status: In Service In Service In Service In Service In Service
Number: 3,100 560 180 200 >7000
Cost: $10 million
Acquired: 2009-2011 2002-2003 2006 2015 3 batches between 1973-1996
General Specs BGM-71E TOW 2A
Country of origin: United States
Manufacturer: Raytheon (Initially designed by Hughes Aircraft)
Introduced: 1970
Guidance: Command to line of sight wire-guided using Improved Target Acquisition System (ITAS) with second generation infrared and laser rangefinder
Range: 213.3 ft (65 m) – 12,303 ft/2.3 miles (3,750 m)
Missile length: 50.6 in (128.4 cm)
Missile diameter: 8.6 in (21.9 cm)
Missile weight: 64.1 lbs (29.1 kg)
Launcher length*: 42.5 in (108 cm)
Launcher weight*: 204.6 lbs (92.89 kg)
Warhead type: 7 lbs (3.2 kg) high explosive anti-tank (HEAT) with standoff probe with precursor charge designed to defeat reactive armor
Armor penetration: 27.6 in (700 mm)
Missile velocity: 1079 fps (329 mps)
Launch platform: Dismounted tripod, truck or armored vehicle mounted, or helicopter launched
Notes: *Dismounted weapon components includes tripod, fire control system, battery, launch tube, target acquisition system, and reloadable encased missiles
Missiles have 15 year shelf life
Iran developed its on copy called the ‘Toophan’



Jordan to Buy US-Made TOW Missiles: Company

Jordan has signed a contract to buy TOW anti-tank missiles from US firm Raytheon, the company said in a statement issued Tuesday at the SOFEX arms fair for special forces. Raytheon said the contract was signed between the Jordanian army and the US defence department, without specifying the contract’s amount or the number of missiles […]


State Department Approves $51 Million Sale of TOW Missiles to Oman

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Oman of TOW 2B missiles, related equipment and support. The estimated cost is $51 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on January 6, 2016. The Government of Oman has requested a […]


Syrian Army Source – Rebels Make Heavy Use of TOW Missiles

A Syrian military source said rebels are making heavy use of U.S.-made anti-tank missiles paid for by Saudi Arabia and supplied via Turkey in recent weeks and the weapons are having an impact on the battlefield. The so-called TOW missile is the most potent weapon in the arsenal of rebel groups battling President Bashar al-Assad, […]


State Department Approves $157 Million Sale of TOW Missiles to Morocco

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco for TOW 2A, Radio Frequency (RF) Missiles (BGM-71E-4B-RF), M220A2 TOW Launchers and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $157 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible […]


U.S., Allies to Boost Aid to Syria Rebels

The U.S. and its regional allies agreed to increase shipments of weapons and other supplies to help moderate Syrian rebels hold their ground and challenge the intervention of Russia and Iran on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, U.S. officials and their counterparts in the region said. The deliveries from the Central Intelligence Agency, Saudi […]


Rebels Say US-Made Missiles Turning Tide Against Regime

American-made anti-tank missiles are turning the tide against the Syrian regime and allied forces in a major battle in the country’s centre and northwest, rebel groups said Tuesday. Non-Islamist opposition factions say they are using the US-made TOW missiles to halt a Syrian army advance that is backed by Russian air strikes in the provinces […]


Discerning Iran’s Role in Expanding Houthi Rocket Capabilities

Yemen’s Houthi rebels tested a new rocket last Thursday, marking the fourth new projectile they unveiled this year. Dubbed the Somoud, or “steadfastness,” the projectile’s launch was broadcast late last week across Arab and Iranian media. While observers were quick to point fingers at Tehran, based on its established track record of arming the Houthis, […]


The Mideast’s Precision Guided Arms Race

Precision guided munitions (PGMs) encompass a growing range of bombs and missiles designed to destroy targets on land, at sea, or in the air. While platforms like fighters, armored vehicles, and warships often receive more attention, their lethality is almost negligible if not bolstered by advanced munitions. With minor updates, today’s PGMs allow even older […]


American Missiles in Syria

Since the start of the Syrian civil war, the secular-leaning Free Syrian Army has repeatedly called for arms from the United States to help level the playing field against Bashar al-Assad’s better-equipped military. New video indicates that the opposition is finally getting their request. In two new videos posted on YouTube (here and here), rebels […]