The United States government has delivered Raytheon’s BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles to the Lebanese Army.They arrived at the Beirut airport, though the amount that was delivered remains undisclosed. The TOW missiles are tube-launched, optically tracked, and wirelessly guided. The purpose of the delivery is to help the Lebanese Army fight terrorism, as an unnamed official told The Daily Star.
"It helps us a lot in the war against terrorism, it improves our firepower and fighting capabilities," he said.
The BGM-71 TOW
is a long-range anti-tank missile
that is designed to take out reactive armor, bunkers, fortifications, and amphibious landing craft. Not only is it effective in an open battlefield, but it can also be used in urban environments. These missiles are an upgraded version of the 1983 BGM-71C TOW II, which only had a range of 3.75 km. The missile can be fired in a couple different ways. According to army-technology.com, “The missiles can be fired from the ground using a tripod-mounted launch tube or installed on vehicles. The TOW missile system can be fitted as a single-tube pedestal mount on military vehicles or as two-tube or four-tube under-armor systems on vehicles such as the improved TOW vehicle M901, Desert Warrior, Piranha, US Marine Corps LAV, Dardo Hitfist and Bradley M2/M3.” The United States government has donated over $1 billion to the Lebanese Army over the past ten years. The majority of the funds are for non-lethal equipment, such as aircraft and communication systems. There has been plenty of firepower given to them though, as there were 70 M198 155mm towed howitzers delivered to the country in 2014. They were also supplied with 26 million rounds of ammunition. TOW is in service with over forty armed forces and used in more than 15,000 ground, vehicle, and helicopter platforms all over the world. Via our proprietary website ASAP NSN Parts
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