Raytheon wins $55m Saudi missile contract
Riyadh, July 19, 2010
Raytheon, a specialist in defence and homeland security, said it has won a $55 million contract from the US for delivery of Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wireless-Guided (TOW) 2A Radio Frequency missiles to Saudi National Guard.
The US-based company said the TOW RF missiles include an RF transmitter added to the missile case and an RF receiver located inside the missile.
Since no launcher modifications were required for the transition to wireless, this growth in capability is transparent to TOW customers, the company said in a statement.
The contract was awarded by the US government as part of a foreign military sale to the Saudi national guards, said a top official.
'TOW RF missiles are tremendous weapons because of their high mobility, rapid response and close-fire support capabilities,' said Jim Riley, Raytheon's vice president of Land Combat. 'This missile can give soldiers at the lowest tactical echelon immediate, precision firepower.'
'On today's battlefield, potential targets are hiding in caves, behind boulders or in the mountains,' said Shawn Ball, Raytheon's TOW international business development manager.
'TOW RF missiles are more than capable of taking out these kinds of targets. The RF link enhances operations in urban environments by providing greater reliability and precision performance.'
These missiles are the most used precision heavy assault weapons in war today. Available on more than 10,000 airborne and ground platforms, the missiles are used by 40 countries in combat operations around the world, the company statement added.-TradeArabia News Service