Stryker Firing a TOW

A Stryker vehicle crew belonging to the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, fires a TOW missile during the brigade\'s rotation through Fort Polk\'s, Joint Readiness Training Center.

A Stryker vehicle crew belonging to the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, fires a TOW missile during the brigade's rotation through Fort Polk's, Joint Readiness Training Center.

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  1. I didn’t know TOWs were even still fielded.

    Googling…

    Huh, and the wiki sez it’s the most common ATGM in the world. Now how about that?

  2. They work great against insurgents & IED teams.

    From 3 clicks away, you put a missile on a couple of IED emplacers and they turn to goo before they know the missile is inbound.

  3. Wow, that’s a blast from the past!

    That’s a great picture, because you can see the control wires spooling out of the back of the missile.

    I had an engineering job about 20 years ago where I worked on improving the machines that wound the spools for those wires.

    That was around Dessert Storm. Hard to believe that was so long ago….But damn, that was a fun job.

    It was ancient technology even back then. But it still seemed a bit unbelievable that you could control a missile with wires that follow it everywhere it goes.

    But you can! And I’m sure it still works.

  4. The thing is reliable because those wires form a secure communication link that is not susceptible to jamming and other countermeasures, however, the gunner does have to track the target for the entire flight.

  5. the greatest anti-tank weapon yet. the first variants made in during vietnam, now they have a missile that will travel 4200 meters!! Not even anti-aircraft platforms fire that far

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