M-901 Improved TOW Vehicle

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M-901 Improved TOW Vehicle (ITV)

The M-901 ITV is a variant of the M-113 Armored Personnel Carrier. It first entered service in 1979. It is sometimes called the "Improved TOW Carrier".

The M901 Improved TOW Vehicle was the first Army anti-tank system that allowed operators to use the weapon system totally protected by armor. It is air-tranportable by either a UH-60 Blackhawk or CH-47 Chinook helicopter. The TOW weapon system is a wire guided anti-armor missile.

The "Hammerhead Turret" contains two TWO missile launchers plus associated targeting and guidance equipment. The original M-901, when modified to fire the TOW-2 missile, was designated M901A1. The M-901 was produced in M-901A1 through M-901A3 variants. These vehicles have been replaced by the M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles or M-3 Bradley Cavalry Fighting Vehicles.

In combat during the Iraq ground offensive in February 1991, the initial assessment of the system's performance in the "100 Hour War" showed that the M901 ITVs had at least 14 confirmed kills.

Specifications of the M-901 Improved TOW Vehicle (ITV)

Crew 5
Weight 13 tons
Height 115.75in (head in travel position)
Height 134.25in (head in firing position)
Width 105.75in
Length 191.50in
Road Speed 40mph
Water Speed 3.6mph
Range 300mi

M-901 Improved TOW Vehicle (ITV), 21st Theater Support Command
M-901 Improved TOW Vehicle (ITV), 21st Theater Support Command.

M-901 Improved TOW Vehicle (ITV) at the Texas Military Forces Museum, Camp Mabry, TX, 30 January 2006.   Photo:  Courtesy of Bob Pettit
M-901 Improved TOW Vehicle (ITV) at the Texas Military Forces Museum, Camp Mabry, TX, 30 January 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

M-901 Improved TOW Vehicle (ITV) at the Texas Military Forces Museum, Camp Mabry, TX, 30 January 2006.   Photo:  Courtesy of Bob Pettit
M-901 Improved TOW Vehicle (ITV) at the Texas Military Forces Museum, Camp Mabry, TX, 30 January 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

M-901 Improved TOW Vehicle (ITV) at the Texas Military Forces Museum, Camp Mabry, TX, 30 January 2006.   Photo:  Courtesy of Bob Pettit
M-901 Improved TOW Vehicle (ITV) at the Texas Military Forces Museum, Camp Mabry, TX, 30 January 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

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