Raytheon awarded $349 million US Army contract for TOW missiles
Multi-year contract will fund wireless precision-assault capability
TUCSON, Ariz., Oct. 8, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz., Oct. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN)
received a $349 million five-year, multi-year contract to provide heavy
anti-tank, wireless precision-assault missiles for the U.S. government.
Raytheon received the award during its third quarter.
Under this contract, Raytheon will deliver 6,676 of the new wireless TOW
(tube-launched, optically tracked, wireless-guided) missiles that receive
commands from the gunner through a wireless guidance link, eliminating the
wire connection in early generations of the missile.
"TOW has been one of the most fired weapons in history, and the upgrade to
wireless gives our warfighters an improved capability," said Michelle
Lohmeier, vice president of Land Combat for Raytheon Missile Systems. "With
this contract, we are partnering with the U.S. Army to ensure our warfighters
continue to have this life-saving weapon for years to come."
With the wireless system built into the missile and the missile case, the
next-generation TOW works with existing launch platforms, including the
Improved Target Acquisition System, Improved Bradley Acquisition System, TOW2
Subsystem and M220 Ground TOW. The system performs exactly like the
wire-guided version, enabling soldiers and Marines to continue using the
proven weapon without changing tactics or incurring additional training.
"TOW remains the U.S. Army and Marine Corps' primary heavy anti-tank and
precision-assault weapon," said Scott Speet, Raytheon Missile Systems' TOW
program director. "It is currently deployed on more than 4,000 TOW launch
platforms including the Army Stryker, Bradley Fighting Vehicle System and High
Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle."
The tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided (TOW) weapon system,
with the multimission TOW 2A, TOW 2B, TOW 2B Aero and TOW Bunker Buster
missiles, is the premier long-range, precision anti-armor, anti-fortification
and anti-amphibious landing weapon system used throughout the world today. TOW
is in service in more than 40 international armed forces and integrated on
more than 15,000 ground, vehicle and helicopter platforms worldwide. The TOW
weapon system is expected to be in service with the U.S. military beyond 2025.
December 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the TOW Missile Program, with more
than 650,000 missiles produced.
Raytheon Company, with 2011 sales of $25 billion and 71,000 employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a
history of innovation spanning 90 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art
electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas
of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence
systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is
headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at
www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.
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