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    Approaching tanks -- heavy armour -- have always meant trouble for the infantrymen. But no?

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    Background: Approaching tanks -- heavy armour -- have always meant trouble for the infantrymen. But no longer.

    This "TOW" (Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided) missile launcher is set up in the field and ready to be fired in about 30 seconds. Its' the Infantry-mans's equalizer against enemy armour forces.

    When tanks are approaching, a "TOW" anti-tank missile is placed in the launcher, the sights are aligned on the target, and the missile is fired.

    Because accuracy of the system depends upon keeping the crosshairs on the target, tracking has been made simple and sure.

    Take this tank for example, At a range of 500 meters the gunner can easily hold the crosshairs on a single treadwheel. At 1000 meters, tracking remains smooth. Even at longer ranges, tracking is still right on target.

    No difficulty was experienced in holding the crosshairs on this helicopter flying at speeds from 50 to 110 knots at various ranges.

    The accuracy of the system was demonstrated under field conditions during tests conducted at the Army's Redstone Arsenal. Slow motion films were taken of the test firings.

    The target for this missile was crossing at about 12 miles per hour at a range of 750 meters. The hit is seen from a camera. And this hit from another camera.

    Another target was crossing at 20 miles per hours at close range. A tank would have been destroyed.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3XSP6327YV3SPV4E5YLSGCW27
    Media URN:
    VLVA3XSP6327YV3SPV4E5YLSGCW27
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/10/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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