Artillery Question

Artillery Question

Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

May 7th, 2005, 1:30 am #1

I understand what anti-tank missiles are, but the text I'm reading refers to "wire guided TOW anti-tank missiles". Anyone want to explain the wire guided TOW part?
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Joined: August 28th, 2003, 8:58 pm

May 7th, 2005, 1:58 am #2

"TOW" actually stands for Tube-launched, Optically Tracked, Wire Guided. The missile is attached to a thin strand of wire, which stays connected and un-spools, for the entire flight from launcher to target. The operator keeps the sight aimed at the target while the missile is in flight, and guidance corrections are automatically sent down the wire to steer the missile.

Here is a good link with more information:

http://www.astronautix.com/lvs/tow.htm
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Joined: February 23rd, 2004, 8:24 pm

May 7th, 2005, 2:00 am #3

I understand what anti-tank missiles are, but the text I'm reading refers to "wire guided TOW anti-tank missiles". Anyone want to explain the wire guided TOW part?
Plus http://www.aircav.com/cobra/towlife.html

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Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

May 7th, 2005, 1:53 pm #4

"TOW" actually stands for Tube-launched, Optically Tracked, Wire Guided. The missile is attached to a thin strand of wire, which stays connected and un-spools, for the entire flight from launcher to target. The operator keeps the sight aimed at the target while the missile is in flight, and guidance corrections are automatically sent down the wire to steer the missile.

Here is a good link with more information:

http://www.astronautix.com/lvs/tow.htm
I never cease to be amazed at the innovations they come up with. Although they probably have 'newer' and 'better' already!

The practical uses are not just in warfare... I can see applications in all types of situations. I remember how many things we have today are due to innovations made with the space program.

Thanks for the answer, the information and the links!
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Joined: February 23rd, 2004, 8:24 pm

May 7th, 2005, 3:51 pm #5

Wire guided weapons go back to WWII. The Germans were trying it in air to air and air to ground missiles to avoid radio jamming. The Navy's Mk48 torpedo can be wire guided or attack on it's own.

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Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

May 7th, 2005, 4:37 pm #6

that this technology went back to WWII... the book that I'm reading speaks of these TOW missiles during the Gulf War sections.
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