This manual, “Airdrop of Supplies and Equipment: Rigging Heavy Antitank Assault Weapon System (TOW),” tells and shows how to rig TOW weapon systems and missiles. The TOW can be low-velocity airdropped from C5, C-17, C-130, and C-141 aircraft. The description of the items covered in this manual is: A TOW missile in its overpack weighs 87 pounds. Its length is 57 ½ inches, its width is 12 inches, and its heights is 12 inches. TOW missiles are rigged in overpacks in A-22 containers in three configurations, in the M416, ¼-ton trailer, and on type V platforms; The M16, ¼-ton trailer with seven encased missiles weight 1, 170 pounds. It is 109 inches long, 61 inches wide, and 44 inches high; The M966 HMMWV-series truck with six TOW missiles, the launcher, traversing unit, and guidance system weighs 8, 810 pounds. It is 180 inches long, 85 inches wide, and is 69 inches high in reduced configuration; and the Improved TOW Aiming System (ITAS) can be substituted for the guidance system mentioned above in the M966 or M1121 truck. It consists of the traversing unit, battery power source, fire control subsystem, and target acquisition unit subsystem.
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