Jordan signs deal with US for Raytheon missile system

Published May 11th, 2016 - 09:00 GMT
The tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided (TOW®) Weapon System is the premier long-range, heavy assault-precision anti-armor, anti-fortification and anti-amphibious landing weapon system used throughout the world today. (Wikimedia Commons)
The tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided (TOW®) Weapon System is the premier long-range, heavy assault-precision anti-armor, anti-fortification and anti-amphibious landing weapon system used throughout the world today. (Wikimedia Commons)

Jordan is acquiring Raytheon's tube-launched, optically tracked, wireless-guided missiles through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales Program.

Raytheon says its deliveries of the TOW system start this year following the signing of the FMS deal by the Jordanian Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Defense Department.

"Our international partners rely on the kind of extended-range precision TOW provides," said Scott Speet, Raytheon TOW program director. "We're looking forward to providing them this capability for many years to come."

TOW is a precision, anti-armor and anti-fortification weapon system with a range of about 2.6 miles. It was first produced in 1970 and comes in several variants. The system is integrated on more than 15,000 ground, vehicle and helicopter platforms worldwide.

Additional details of the FMS order -- variants to be supplied, units ordered and cost -- were not immediately available.

By Richard Tomkins   


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