|Operator:||Status:||Number in Service (On Order)*:||Cost:||Acquired:|
|Bahrain||In Service||<270||$53 million (2011)||1st batch 2001-2002; 2nd batch requested September 2011|
|Egypt||In Service||<11,200||$319 mil for 6,928 (2008)||3 batches between 1998-2012|
|Israel||In Service||<2,400||$132 mil (2002)||2003-2004|
|Jordan||In Service / On Order||~1,230 (Unknown)||Part of $52 mil for 400 (2002)||4 batches between 2001-2016 (additional unspecified order made in May 2016)|
|Lebanon||In Service||<1,200||1st batch $10 million; 2nd batch $245 million (2015)||Requested and delivered in 2015|
|Morocco||In Service / Requested||<600 (1,200)||$96 million (2015); $101 million (2016)||2015; 2nd batch requested in December 2016|
|Oman||In Service / On Order||<560 (400)||2nd order $51 million (2016)||1st batch 2002-2003; 2nd batch requested in January 2016|
|Free Syrian Army||In Service||>1,000||Donated by Saudi Arabia with Turkish, Qatari, and American assistance||April 2014|
|Saudi Arabia||In Service||>10,000||$177 mil deal for 700 (2010); $170 million (2013); $900 million (2013)||8 batches between 1976-present|
|Turkey||In Service||~7000||3 batches between 1973-1996|
|General Specs||BGM-71E TOW 2A|
|Country of origin:||United States|
|Manufacturer:||Raytheon (Initially designed by Hughes Aircraft)|
|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 own copy called the ‘Toophan‘|
|*Number of missiles, not launchers|
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