Sunni Youth Forces BGM-71 TOW team engage a Syrian tank on the road in the town of Jubayb

The BGM-71 TOW (“Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided“) is an American anti-tank missile. TOW replaced much smaller missiles like the SS.10 and ENTAC, offering roughly twice the effective range, a more powerful warhead, and a greatly improved semi-automatic guidance system that could also be equipped with infrared cameras for night time use.

Army Pfc. David Mitchell, a Soldier with 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Battalion, scans the landscape surrounding Vehicle Patrol Base Badel, located at the mouth of the Narang Valley in Konar Province. The base has closed down a large amount of enemy activity in the valley and in the districts of Narang, Chowkay and Nurgal. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Amber Robinson)

First produced in 1970, TOW is one of the most widely used anti-tank guided missiles. It can be found in a wide variety of manually carried and vehicle-mounted forms, as well as widespread use on helicopters. Originally designed by Hughes Aircraft in the 1960s, the weapon is currently produced by Raytheon.

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