The tube-launched, optically tracked, wire command-link guided (TOW) missile system is a long-range antitank weapon designed to destroy armored vehicles and other hard-ground targets, such as fortifications. Encased in its launch tube, the TOW missile can be fired from various ground vehicles, from helicopters, or from a ground mount. Once launched, the gunner tracks the target with his sight. Directional changes are sent to the missile from the sight via two very fine wires that trail behind the missile. The TOW missile weighs 62.4 pounds, measures 3.8 feet long and 6 inches in diameter, and has a maximum range of 3,750 meters.

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