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The BGM-71 TOW
BGM-71 TOW
("Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided")[7] is an American anti-tank missile. TOW replaced much smaller missiles like the SS.10
SS.10
and ENTAC, offering roughly twice the effective range, a more powerful warhead, and a greatly improved semi-automatic guidance system that could also be equipped with infrared cameras for night time use. First produced in 1970, the TOW is one of the most widely used anti-tank guided missiles.[8] It can be found in a wide variety of manually carried and vehicle mounted forms, as well as widespread use on helicopters. Originally designed by Hughes Aircraft
Hughes Aircraft
in the 1960s, the weapon is currently produced by Raytheon.

Contents

1 Design and development

1.1 Launch platforms

2 Service history

2.1 1972: Vietnam: first combat use 2.2 1982: Lebanon
Lebanon
War 2.3 Iran– Iraq
Iraq
War 2.4 1991: Persian Gulf War 2.5 1993: Somalia 2.6 2001: War in Afghanistan 2.7 2003: Iraq
Iraq
War 2.8 2011: Syrian Civil War

3 Variants 4 International 5 Operators

5.1 Current 5.2 Former

6 Gallery 7 See also 8 Notes 9 References 10 Sources 11 External links

Design and development[edit]

A U.S. Army soldier in 1964, with the first concept mock-up of Redstone Arsenal's proposed future HAW system (Heavy Antitank Weapon). The HAW ultimately resulted in the modern-day TOW.

Initially developed by Hughes Aircraft
Hughes Aircraft
between 1963 and 1968, the XBGM-71A was designed for both ground and heli-borne applications. In 1997, Raytheon
Raytheon
Co. purchased Hughes Electronics from General Motors Corporation, so development and production of TOW systems now comes under the Raytheon
Raytheon
brand.[9] The weapon is used in anti-armor, anti-bunker, anti-fortification and anti-amphibious landing roles. The TOW is in service with over 45 militaries and is integrated on over 15,000 ground, vehicle and helicopter platforms worldwide. In its basic infantry form, the system breaks down into a number of modules: a folding tripod mount, a launch tube which encased missiles are inserted into the rear of, a mandatory daysight tracker unit which can be augmented with an optional AN/TAS-4 or AN/TAS-4/A gas-cooled night sight (or an all-in one tracker unit on the M41 ITAS version), and a traversing unit which mounts into the tripod and carries the launch tube and sight, and also includes the weapon's trigger and the bridging clamp which mates with the missile's umbilical data connector. In addition to this main assembly, there is a separate fire control system (FCS) module which performs all guidance calculations, and a battery pack to power the system. These two modules link to each other, with the FCS then linked to the daysight via a cable. When the target is sighted and the trigger is pulled, there is a 1.5 second firing delay while the missile spins up its internal gyroscope and the thermal battery reaches operating temperature. Once this concludes, the launch motor fires through the rear nozzle propelling the missile from the tube: this soft-launch motor fires for only 0.05 seconds[10] and burns out before the missile has exited the tube. As the missile exits the launch tube, first four wings just forward of the flight motor spring open forwards, followed by four tail control surfaces which flip open rearwards as the missile completely exits the launch tube. As the wings fully extend at about 7 meters from the launcher the flight motor ignites, boosting the missile's speed to approximately 600 miles per hour (~1,000 kilometers per hour) during its burn time. 0.18 seconds after launch, at around 65 meters from the launcher, the warhead is armed by G forces from acceleration by the flight motor, a safety feature intended to protect the operator if the flight motor fails to ignite. The flight motor burns out 1.6 seconds after launch, with the missile gliding for the remainder of its flight time. After the tracker captures the missile, IR sensors bore-sighted to the daysight tracker continuously monitor the position of an IR beacon on the missile's tail relative to the line-of-sight, with the FCS generating course corrections which are sent via the command link to the missile's integral flight control unit. The missile then corrects its flight path via the control surface actuators.[11] The operator keeps the sight's crosshair centered over the target until impact: if the missile fails to strike a target, the command wires are automatically cut at 3,000 metres on the original TOW and 3,750 metres on most current-production TOWs. An automatic wirecut also occurs if the tracker fails to detect the missile's thermal beacon within 1.85 seconds of launching.

A TOW missile on display at the White Sands Missile Range
White Sands Missile Range
Museum.

The TOW missile was continually upgraded, with an improved TOW missile (ITOW) appearing in 1978 that had a new warhead triggered by a long probe, which was extended after launch, that gave a stand-off distance of 15 in (380 mm) for improved armor penetration. The 1983 TOW 2 featured a larger 5.9 kg (13 lb) warhead with a 21.25 in (540 mm) extensible probe, improved guidance and a motor that provided around 30% more thrust.[12] This was followed by the TOW 2A/B which appeared in 1987.[13] Hughes developed a TOW missile with a wireless data link in 1989, referred to as TOW-2N, but this weapon was not adopted for use by the U.S. military. Raytheon
Raytheon
continued to develop improvements to the TOW line, but its FOTT (Follow-On To TOW) program was canceled in 1998, and its TOW-FF (TOW-Fire and Forget) program was cut short on 30 November 2001 because of funding limitations.[14] In 2001 and 2002, Raytheon
Raytheon
and the U.S. Army worked together on an extended range TOW 2B variant, initially referred to as TOW-2B (ER), but now called TOW-2B Aero which has a special nose cap that increases range to 4.5 km. Although this missile has been in production since 2004, no U.S. Army designation has yet been assigned. Wireless
Wireless
versions of the TOW-2A, TOW-2B and TOW-2B Aero have been developed that uses a "stealthy" one way radio link, identified with the suffix "RF."[13] These missiles require no special alterations to the launcher, since the RF transmitter is encased along with the missile and uses the standard umbilical data connector. In 1999 TOW received the Improved Target Acquisition System (ITAS).[13] The TOW missile in its current variations is not a fire-and-forget weapon, and like most second generation wire-guided missiles has Semi-Automatic Command Line of Sight guidance. This means that the guidance system is directly linked to the platform, and requires that the target be kept in the shooter's line of sight until the missile impacts. A fire-and-forget TOW variant (TOW-FF) was under development, but was cancelled by the Army in 2002.[13] In October 2012, Raytheon
Raytheon
received a contract to produce 6,676 TOW (wireless-guided) missiles for the U.S. military. Missiles that will be produced include the BGM-71E TOW 2A, the BGM-71F TOW 2B, the TOW 2B Aero, and the BGM-71H TOW Bunker Buster.[15] By 2013, the U.S. Marine Corps had retired the air-launched TOW missile.[16] Launch platforms[edit]

A TOW missile being fired from an M151.

A U.S. Army M1134 Stryker ATGM carrier at the Yakima Training Center fires a TOW missile in May 2011.

The TOW is designated as a BGM by the U.S. military: a multiple launch environment (B) surface attack (G) guided missile (M). The B launch environment prefix is used only when the system can be used essentially unmodified when launched from a variety of launch platforms. The M151
M151
and M220 launchers are used by infantry, but can also be mounted on a number of vehicles, including the M151
M151
jeep, the M113 APC, the M966 HMMWV and the M1045 HMMWV (which replaced the M966). These launchers are theoretically man-portable, but are quite bulky. The updated M151
M151
launcher was upgraded to include thermal optics to allow night time usage, and had been simplified to reduce weight. The M220 was specifically developed to handle the TOW-2 series. TOW systems have also been developed for vehicle specific applications on the M2/ M3 Bradley
M3 Bradley
IFV/CFV, the LAV-AT, the M1134 Stryker ATGM carrier, and the now retired M901 ITV
M901 ITV
(Improved TOW Vehicle); they are generally referred to as TOW Under Armor (TUA). In helicopter applications, the M65 system used by the AH-1 series is the primary system deployed, but the XM26 system was developed for the UH-1, and a system was put into development for the later canceled AH-56 helicopter. The TOW has also been used with AH.1 (TOW) and AH.7 variants of Westland Lynx
Westland Lynx
helicopters, with the attachment of 2 pylons, each carrying four missiles. The M41 TOW improved target acquisition system (ITAS) is a block upgrade to the M220 ground/high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV)-mounted TOW 2 missile system. The TOW ITAS is currently being fielded to airborne, air assault, and light infantry forces throughout the active and reserve components of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps where it is called the SABER. The ITAS, in addition to providing better anti-armor capabilities to antitank units, also has capabilities that make it an integral part of the combined arms team. Even when organized in heavy—light task forces, where the preponderance of antiarmor capabilities traditionally has resided in the heavy elements, TOW ITAS-equipped antitank units can not only destroy threat targets but also provide superior reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition (RSTA), rear area protection, and urban operations capabilities. The TOW ITAS consists of three new line replaceable units: the target acquisition subsystem (TAS), the fire control subsystem (FCS), and the lithium battery box (LBB); a modified TOW 2 traversing unit; the existing TOW launch tube and tripod; and a TOW Humvee
Humvee
modification kit. The TAS integrates into a single housing the direct view optics and missile tracker, a second-generation forward looking infrared (FLIR) night vision sight (NVS), and a laser rangefinder. TAS electronics provide automatic boresighting for these components, eliminating both tactical collimation and 180-day verification requirements. The integral cooling system for the IR optics is a modern SADA-II electrically powered cryocooler, removing the need to carry a supply of high-pressure coolant gas cartridges as was necessary for the previous AN/TAS-4 and AN/TAS-4A night sights. The most recent addition to the ITAS system is the ITAS-FTL (far target location) which incorporates a new module called PADS (position attitude determination subsystem), a device which attaches to the top of the ITAS sighting unit and uses differential GPS tracking to relay precise coordinate data to the operator.[17] Service history[edit] In 1968, a contract for full-scale production was awarded to Hughes, and by 1970 the system was being fielded by the U.S. Army. When adopted, the BGM-71 series replaced the M40 106 mm recoilless rifle and the MGM-32 ENTAC
ENTAC
missile system then in service. The missile also replaced the AGM-22B then in service as a heli-borne anti-tank weapon. 1972: Vietnam: first combat use[edit] On 24 April 1972, the U.S. 1st Combat Aerial TOW Team arrived in South Vietnam; the team's mission was to test the new anti-armor missile under combat conditions.[18] The team consisted of three crews, technical representatives from Bell Helicopter
Helicopter
and Hughes Aircraft, members of the United States
United States
Army Aviation and Missile Command, and two UH-1B helicopters; each mounting the XM26 TOW weapons system, which had been taken from storage. After displacing to the Central Highlands for aerial gunnery, the unit commenced daily searches for enemy armor.[18] On 2 May 1972, U.S. Army UH-1 Huey helicopters firing TOWs destroyed North Vietnamese tanks near An Loc. This was heralded as the first time a U.S. unit neutralized enemy armor using American-designed and built guided missiles (in this case, against a captured American-made M41 operated by the North Vietnamese).[19] On 9 May, elements of the North Vietnamese Army's 203rd Armored Regiment assaulted Ben Het Camp
Ben Het Camp
held by Army of the Republic of Vietnam Rangers. The Rangers destroyed the first three PT-76
PT-76
amphibious light tanks of the 203rd, thereby breaking up the attack.[20][21] During the battle for the city of Kontum, the TOW missile had proven to be a significant weapon in disrupting enemy tank attacks within the region. By the end of May, BGM-71 TOW
BGM-71 TOW
missiles had accumulated 24 confirmed kills of both PT-76
PT-76
light and T-54 main battle tanks.[20][21] On 19 August, the South Vietnamese 5th Infantry Regiment abandoned Firebase Ross in the Que Son Valley, 30 miles southwest of Da Nang, to the North Vietnamese 711th Division. A dozen TOW missiles were left with abandoned equipment and fell into Communist hands.[22] 1982: Lebanon
Lebanon
War[edit] The Israel Defense Forces
Israel Defense Forces
used TOW missiles during the 1982 Lebanon War. On 11 June, Israeli anti-tank teams armed with the TOW ambushed Syrian armored forces destroyed a number of Syrian Soviet-made T-72 tanks. Estimates vary regarding the number of T-72s destroyed by TOWs (vs. the number destroyed by Merkava
Merkava
MBTs), with the lower end at 9 and the high end attributing "the majority" of the 30 T-72s destroyed by Israeli forces in the war to Yossi Peled's anti-tank TOW units. [23]This was probably the first encounter of the American anti-tank missile with the newer Soviet tank.[24] Iran– Iraq
Iraq
War[edit] In the Iran–Iraq War
Iran–Iraq War
of the 1980s, the Islamic Republic of Iran
Iran
Army used TOW missiles purchased before the Iranian Revolution
Iranian Revolution
in 1979, as well as those purchased during the Iran–Contra affair. Of the 202 AH-1J Internationals (export variant of the AH-1J SeaCobra) that Iran
Iran
purchased from the USA, 62 were TOW-capable. Iranian AH-1Js managed to slow down advances of Iraqi tanks into Iran. During the "dogfights" between Iranian SeaCobras and Iraqi Mil Mi-24s, Iranians achieved several "kills", usually using TOW missiles.[25] 1991: Persian Gulf War[edit] The TOW was used in multiple engagements during Operation Desert Storm in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. During the war, both the M2 Bradley Infantry fighting vehicle
Infantry fighting vehicle
(IFV) and the M3 Bradley
M3 Bradley
Cavalry Fighting Vehicle (CFV) carried TOW missiles. The M2 can also carry an additional 7 rounds, while the M3 can carry an additional 12 rounds.[26] Both M2 and M3 medium-weight Bradley Fighting Vehicles destroyed more Iraqi tanks during the war than the M1A1 Abrams heavy Main Battle Tanks did.[27] The British Army also deployed TOW-armed, Westland Lynx
Westland Lynx
helicopters to the conflict, where they were used to attack Iraqi armored vehicles. This was the first recorded use of the missile from a British helicopter. 1993: Somalia[edit] On June 5, 24 Pakistani soldiers were slaughtered by members of Mohamed Farrah Aidid's Habr Gidr militia; some were skinned.[28] Subsequently, the United Nations called for the arrest of those responsible. Weeks later they would formally place the blame on Aidid, leader of the Habr Gidr clan. Subsequently, U.N. troops hunted Aidid. Incidents between the two sides worsened, with fighting back and forth. On 12 July, three months prior to the Battle of Mogadishu, the United Nations and United States
United States
attempted to defeat Aidid's organization by attacking a strategy meeting of his native Habr Gidr clan under Operation Michigan. The Washington Post
Washington Post
described the event as a "slaughter" in which a "half-dozen" AH-1 Cobra
AH-1 Cobra
attack helicopters fired 16 TOW missiles and 2,000 rounds from their 20 mm cannons into the meeting of the elders, intellectuals, poets, religious leaders, and senior combat commanders. The first TOW missile destroyed the stairs, preventing escape. In the aftermath, it was revealed that Aidid was not in the meeting. The Red Cross
Red Cross
claimed that 54 people had been killed, Admiral
Admiral
Jonathan T. Howe
Jonathan T. Howe
reported that 20 had died, while Aidid’s Somali National Alliance produced a list of 73 people whom they claimed had been killed.[29] 2001: War in Afghanistan[edit] TOW missiles were used during the War in Afghanistan.[30] 2003: Iraq
Iraq
War[edit] 10 Humvee-mounted TOW missiles were used by U.S. forces in Iraq
Iraq
during the 22 July 2003 assault that killed Uday and Qusay Hussein.[31] Although TOW missiles are generally used against armored vehicles, these missiles were used on the house the two men were in. 2011: Syrian Civil War[edit]

A member of the Free Syrian Army
Free Syrian Army
– Southern Front's Sword of al-Sham Brigades prepares to launch a BGM-71E TOW at a Syrian Arab Army position in southern Syria (December 2014)

An Army of Glory
Army of Glory
fighter firing a BGM-71 TOW
BGM-71 TOW
at a Syrian Army target north of Hama, Syria, in March 2017

The weapon was spotted as early as April 2014 in at least two videos that surfaced showing Syrian opposition
Syrian opposition
forces in the Syrian Civil War using BGM-71 TOWs, a weapon previously not seen in use by the opposition.[32] Such a video, showing a BGM-71E-3B with the serial number removed, can be seen in a 27 May 2014 episode of the PBS
PBS
series Frontline.[33] In February 2015, The Carter Center
The Carter Center
listed 23 groups within the Southern Front of the Free Syrian Army
Free Syrian Army
that have been documented using US supplied TOWs.[34] A sudden influx of TOWs were supplied in May 2015, mostly to Free Syrian Army affiliated factions, but also independent Islamist battalions; as a requirement of being provided TOWs, these Syrian opposition groups are required to document the use of the missiles by filming their use, and are also required to save the spent missile casings.[35] Groups provided with TOWs include the Hazzm Movement, the 13th Division, 1st Coastal Division, Syria Revolutionaries Front, Yarmouk Army, Knights of Justice Brigade, and the 101st Division.[36] Free Syrian Army
Free Syrian Army
battalions widely and decisively used TOWs in the 2015 Jisr al-Shughur offensive.[37][38][39] Russia attempted a rescue operation after a Su-24M was shot down at the Syria– Turkey
Turkey
border on 24 November 2015, a video of Free Syrian Army
Free Syrian Army
1st Coastal Division using a TOW missile to destroy a disabled Russian helicopter on the ground after its crew had retreated was posted on YouTube.[40] In October 2015, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
delivered 500 TOW missiles to anti-Assad rebels.[41] A video produced through Bulgarian Television provides evidence of non rebel use of this weapon by Islamic affiliated fighters.[42] Reports indicate that small number of TOW missiles have ended up in the hands of al-Qaeda in Syria and Islamic State of Iraq
Iraq
and the Levant.[43][44] In August 2016 footage of the Syrian military inspecting a captured BGM-71E missile system in Bani Zeit district, Aleppo, was leaked online.[45] On 2 September 2016, rebels released a video of a BGM-71 TOW destroying a French-manufactured Syrian Air Force Aérospatiale Gazelle as it was landing on an airstrip near Khattab in Northern Hama.[46] Reports indicate that the TOW missile have successfully hit Russian T-90s in Syria, which are equipped with active defenses designed to defeat such missiles.[47] Variants[edit] Raytheon
Raytheon
has taken over for Hughes in recent years, and now handles production of all current variants, as well as TOW development.

Designation Description Length Diameter Wingspan Launch weight Warhead Armor penetration (est.) Range Speed

XBGM-71A/BGM-71A Hughes Tube launched Optically tracked Wire command link guided (TOW) Missile 1.16 m 0.152 m 0.46 m 18.9 kg 3.9 kg (2.4 kg HE) HEAT 430 mm (exact value) 65–3,750 m (2.33 mi) 278 m/s[citation needed]

BGM-71B BGM-71A variant; improved range

BGM-71C BGM-71B variant; Improved TOW (ITOW) w/ improved shaped-charge warhead 1.41 m (probe extended) 1.17 m (probe folded) 19.1 kg 630 mm (exact value)

BGM-71D BGM-71C variant; TOW-2, improved guidance, motor and enlarged main warhead 1.51 m (probe extended) 1.17 m (probe folded) 21.5 kg 5.9 kg (3.1 kg HE) HEAT 900 mm

BGM-71E BGM-71D variant; TOW-2A optimized to defeat reactive armor with tandem warheads 22.6 kg 900 mm (behind a layer of ERA)

BGM-71F BGM-71D variant; TOW-2B top-down attack variant using explosively formed penetrators 1.168 m 6.14 kg EFP[48] no data 200–4,500 m (2.8 mi)[N 1][49][50]

BGM-71G BGM-71F variant; different AP warhead; not produced no data no data no data no data no data

BGM-71H BGM-71E variant; "bunker buster" variant for use against fortified structures no data no data no data 200 mm double reinforced concrete[50] 65–4,200 m (2.6 mi)[50]

Original armor penetration estimates were 600 mm for BGM-71A/B and 700–800 mm for BGM-71C. However, according to a now declassified CIA study, the true penetration values against a vertical target are much lower—just 430 mm for basic TOW and 630 mm for Improved TOW.[51] Time to target at maximum range is 20 seconds therefore giving an average speed of 187.5 m/s.[52] International[edit] Iran
Iran
has reverse engineered the type from examples acquired before 1979 and currently manufactures duplicate TOW missiles. These carry the Iranian designation of Toophan.[53] Operators[edit]

Map with BGM-71 operators in blue

Current[edit]

 Argentina  Bahrain  Belgium: AgustaWestland AW109
AgustaWestland AW109
A109 AH(L)-TOW helicopter only  Botswana  Cameroon: Military of Cameroon  Canada: Canadian Armed Forces  Croatia  Chile  Chad  Colombia  Denmark  Egypt: Produced under license[54]  Ethiopia  Finland[55]  Hungary  Germany  Greece  Iran  Iraq: Iranian version[56]  Indonesia  Israel  Italy: Total of 432 launchers. 5,000 BGM-71 missiles and 130 launchers delivered in 1974; 10,000 missiles delivered in 1976–1978; 2,311 ITOW delivered in 1982–1984; 6,629 BGM-71C ITOW delivered in 1986–1989 for 67 million dollars (of which 1,239 practice missiles); 1,440 BGM-71D TOW2 for A129 Mangusta
A129 Mangusta
delivered in 1990–1996  Japan  Jordan  Kenya  Kuwait  Lebanon: most carried by Humvee  Luxembourg  Mexico  Morocco: 70 launchers in service;[57] 1,200 BGM-71-4B-RF TOW 2A RF missiles on order, approved for export on 8 December 2016[58]  Norway  Oman  Pakistan[59]  Portugal  Saudi Arabia  Singapore Somalia  South Korea: To be replaced by Raybolt. Still used in MD 500 Defender  Spain  Sweden  Swaziland Free Syrian Army   Switzerland  Taiwan  Thailand  Tunisia  Turkey  United Arab Emirates  United Kingdom: Westland Lynx
Westland Lynx
helicopters only  United States  Vietnam  Yemen

Former[edit]

 Netherlands: The decision to replace the M47 Dragon
M47 Dragon
(in use with reconnaissance units) and TOW (in use with mechanized infantry) with the "Gill MRAT"[60] was made in 2001, with deliveries expected in 2002.[61] The first Gill MRAT was actually issued in 2004 to the Regiment van Heutsz.[62]

Gallery[edit]

Launch, trailing wire is clearly noticeable.

A US Marine carrying a BGM-71E missile tube.

A TOW fired from a US Marine Corps Humvee
Humvee
during training, in 2014.

An M901 ITV
M901 ITV
in Israel, in 2005.

A Greek TOW on the ground.

Greek soldiers manning a TOW unit.

The sight on an Hellenic Army BGM-71 TOW.

A ground-mounted TOW system.

A BGM-71 TOW-armed Wiesel AWC
Wiesel AWC
of the German Army.

US Army soldiers assembling an ITAS (Improved Target Acquisition System) TOW Missile system, in Iraq, in 2007.

An AH-1W SuperCobra of the Republic of China Army
Republic of China Army
armed with an XM65 launcher and four TOW missiles.

A Lynx AH.7 of the Royal Navy fitted with TOW missile launchers.

See also[edit]

MAPATS Swingfire HOT (missile) AT-5 Spandrel AT-4 Spigot AT-14 Kornet Shershen M47 Dragon FGM-148 Javelin HJ-8 Joint Air-to-Ground Missile History of UAVs decoys List of U.S. Army Rocket Launchers By Model Number

Notes[edit]

^ 4,200m for TOW-2B Aero, 3,750 m for TOW-2B.

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Tri-Service missile and drone designation system

1–50

MGM-1 RIM-2 MIM-3 AIM-4 MGM-5 RGM-6 AIM-7/RIM-7 RIM-8 AIM-9 CIM-10 PGM-11 AGM-12 CGM-13/MGM-13 MIM-14 RGM-15 CGM-16 PGM-17 MGM-18 PGM-19 ADM-20 MGM-21 AGM-22 MIM-23 RIM-24 HGM-25A/LGM-25C AIM-26 UGM-27 AGM-28 MGM-29 LGM-30 MGM-31 MGM-32 MQM-33 AQM-34 AQM-35 MQM-36 AQM-37 AQM-38 MQM-39 MQM-40 AQM-41 MQM-42 FIM-43 UUM-44 AGM-45 MIM-46 AIM-47 AGM-48 XLIM-49 LIM-49 RIM-50

51–100

MGM-51 MGM-52 AGM-53 AIM-54 RIM-55 PQM-56 MQM-57 MQM-58 RGM-59 AQM-60 MQM-61 AGM-62 AGM-63 AGM-64 AGM-65 RIM-66 RIM-67 AIM-68 AGM-69 LEM-70 BGM-71 MIM-72 UGM-73 BQM-74 BGM-75 AGM-76 FGM-77 AGM-78 AGM-79 AGM-80 AQM-81 AIM-82 AGM-83 AGM-84/RGM-84/UGM-84 AGM-84E AGM-84E/H/K RIM-85 AGM-86 AGM-87 AGM-88 UGM-89 BQM-90 AQM-91 FIM-92/AIM-92 XQM-93 YQM-94 AIM-95 UGM-96 AIM-97 YQM-98 LIM-99 LIM-100

101–150

RIM-101 PQM-102 AQM-103 MIM-104 MQM-105 BQM-106 MQM-107 BQM-108 BGM-109/AGM-109/RGM-109/UGM-109 BGM-110 BQM-111 AGM-112 RIM-113 AGM-114 MIM-115 RIM-116 FQM-117 LGM-118 AGM-119 AIM-120 CQM-121/CGM-121 AGM-122 AGM-123 AGM-124 RUM-125/UUM-125 BQM-126 AQM-127 AQM-128 AGM-129 AGM-130 AGM-131 AIM-132 UGM-133 MGM-134 ASM-135 AGM-136 AGM-137 CEM-138 RUM-139 MGM-140 ADM-141 AGM-142 MQM-143 ADM-144 BQM-145 MIM-146 BQM-147 FGM-148 PQM-149 PQM-150

151–

FQM-151 AIM-152 AGM-153 AGM-154 BQM-155 RIM-156 MGM-157 AGM-158A/B/AGM-158C AGM-159 ADM-160 RIM-161 RIM-162 GQM-163 MGM-164 RGM-165 MGM-166 BQM-167 MGM-168 AGM-169 MQM-170 MQM-171 FGM-172 GQM-173 RIM-174 MQM-175 AGM-176 BQM-177 MQM-178 AGM-179 AGM-180 AGM-181

Undesignated

Aequare ASALM Brazo Common Missile Ground-Based Interceptor Have Dash Kinetic Energy Interceptor MA-31 NCADE NLOS Pershing II Senior Prom Sprint Wagtail

See also: United States
United States
tri-service rocket designations post-1962 Drones designated in UAV sequence

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History

History of the Canadian Army Canadian Corps First Canadian Army Military History of Canada Fort Frontenac Library

Structure

Structure of the Canadian Army 2nd Canadian Division 3rd Canadian Division 4th Canadian Division 5th Canadian Division List of Units

Mechanized brigade groups

1 CMBG 2 CMBG 5 CMBG

Brigade groups

31 CBG 32 CBG 33 CBG 34 CBG 35 CBG 36 CBG 37 CBG 38 CBG 39 CBG 41 CBG

Small arms

C9 machine-gun C7A1 rifle/C8A1 carbine/C7A2 rifle C6 machine-gun Browning .50 calibre heavy machine gun Browning-HP 9 mm pistol P225, 226 C15 Long Range Sniper Weapon (LRSW) C3A1 sniper rifle C14 Timberwolf C13 fragmentation grenade M203 grenade launcher M72 SRAAW(L)

Crewed weapons

Carl Gustav SRAAW(M) ERYX
ERYX
SRAAW(H) TOW LRAAW(H) 81 mm mortar 60 mm mortar Javelin short-range air defence missile Skyguard C3 close support howitzer LG1 Mark II 105 mm towed howitzer M777 lightweight 155mm howitzer C16 CASW

Armoured fighting vehicles

LAV III Coyote Reconnaissance Vehicle ADATS Leopard C2 Leopard 2 Bison APC M113A3 and MTVL RG-31 Textron TAPV

Schools

Canadian Army
Canadian Army
Command and Staff College Peace Support Training Centre Canadian Army
Canadian Army
Advanced Warfare Centre

Category P

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