Missile systems for U.S. Army from Raytheon will be optically tracked, wirelessly guided

TUCSON, Ariz. Raytheon has won a contract from the U.S. Army to refine and improve on the Army's Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wireless-guided (TOW) weapons system, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Raytheon materials describe the TOW missile as having semiautomatic guidance; in its newer wireless version, it keeps the target in the line of sight until the missile hits the target. An optical sensor on the sight continuously monitors the position of the missile in relation to the target. The missile can be launched from ground vehicles and helicopters.

The contract calls for the work to be completed by May 2024.