Raytheon Company has introduced its TOW EagleFire launcher on the 29th of October, an evolutionary development designed to bridge the capabilities of existing launchers and eliminate obsolescence issues.
Designed to fire both the wire-guided and wireless radio frequency missiles, TOW EagleFire provides increased capabilities over the TOW 2 launcher at a lower cost.
"We improved target acquisition and engagement found in the older TOW 2 launcher system," said Duane Gooden, vice president of Raytheon’s Land Warfare Systems. "TOW EagleFire is simpler to maintain and more reliable, thanks to built-in test equipment and a significant reduction in system subassemblies."
Other improvements include:
Integrated day-and-night sight with range-finding capability
Extensive Built-in-Test capability
TOW EagleFire’s lithium-ion power source allows for a nine-hour silent watch capability, when a vehicle’s engine is off, along with built-in AC and on-vehicle charging capability.
"Because the new system is less complex, we can provide superior performance in a reduced package," said Gooden. "By planning today for tomorrow’s upgrades, TOW EagleFire will accommodate future missile evolution."