The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale of TOW 2A radio frequency (RF) missiles to Egypt.
The potential sale of missiles, support, and related equipment would have an estimated cost of $691 million, according to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).
Egypt’s request included 5,000 tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided (TOW) missiles, as well as missile support equipment, technical manuals/publications, spare parts, tool and test equipment, training.
DSCA said the proposed sale would enhance Egypt’s capability to strengthen its homeland defense by replenishing its stocks. The missiles will be used for counter-terrorism and border security against armored threats and fortified positions.
“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that continues to be an important strategic partner in the Middle East,” a DSCA statement said.
Should a definitive agreement be reached, the principal contractor will be Raytheon Missiles & Defense, the developer of the heavy anti-tank and assault weapon system. Raytheon is delivering the missiles to over 20 operators worldwide.
TOW missile variants can be fired from all TOW weapon system launchers – including the ITAS launcher, Stryker anti-tank guided missile vehicle (modified ITAS launcher) and Bradley fighting vehicles.