Raytheon has secured a potential $21M contract from the U.S. Army to produce a new propulsion system for a radio frequency-guided weapon system intended to defend against armored and wheeled platforms.
The company said Sunday it will incorporate propulsion modifications onto TOW missile variants such as the direct-attack 2A, Bunker Buster and top- and direct-attack 2B systems as part of the three-year project.
The Army expects the system to remain in the service’s inventory through 2050.
Kim Ernzen, vice president of Raytheon’s land warfare systems business, said updating the missile propulsion system would increase the weapon’s range and protection capacities.
The company has provided more than 690K TOW units to U.S. and allied forces.
Tube-launched TOW missiles are equipped with anti-armor, anti-fortification and anti-amphibious landing features.