M901 ITV

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M901 ITV
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Type Tank destroyer using ATGMs
Place of origin  United States
Specifications
Weight 12 metric tons
Length 4.863 m (15 ft 11½ in)
Width 2.686 m (8 ft 9¾ in)
Height 2.940 m (9 ft 8 in) (targeting head stowed), 3.410 m (11 ft 2 in) (head extended)
Crew 4 (squad leader, gunner, loader, driver)

The M901 ITV (Improved TOW Vehicle) is a United States Army armored vehicle designed to carry a dual M220 TOW launcher. It is based on the ubiquitous M113 Armored Personnel Carrier chassis.

Equipment[edit]

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The M901 ITV provides the crew and weapon system protection from small-arms fire and artillery fragments. The squad leader has a 270-degree range of view through the squad leader's periscope (SLP). The turret launcher has the capability for day and night acquisition and tracking of targets, and it provides firing coverages of 360 degrees in azimuth and +35 to −30 degrees in elevation. The ITV has stowage provisions for tripod-mounted TOW components configured so the ground system can be dismounted and set up in three to five minutes. In addition, the ITV is completely amphibious and is air transportable. It has the following characteristics:

  • A hydraulically and electrically powered "hammerhead" turret, attached to a modified M27 cupola, that can be operated manually.
  • A complete M220-series TOW weapon system stowed and strapped in fixed mounting brackets. The daysight tracker and nightsight (AN/TAS-4 or AN/TAS-4a) are mounted in an operational ready state at the head of the turret. The missile guidance system is also connected at the base of the turret.
  • A dual M220 TOW launcher.
  • M243 smoke grenade launchers.
  • A 3x acquisition sight with a 25-degree field of view.
  • Remote actuators that allow daysight tracker and nightsight adjustments.
  • A machine gun mounted on a traversing rail.

The system is capable of firing two missiles without reloading and carries ten TOW rounds in the missile rack. Reloading is performed under armor protection and is accomplished by tilting the launching apparatus back so that the crew can reach the turret through the carrier's rear roof hatch. The missile launcher targeting head is at the end of a pivoting arm which raises the launcher assembly for firing. When stowed, the turret is aimed down and to the rear of the vehicle. A major limitation of the M901 is that it is practically unable to move while the turret is in firing position, and unable to fire while it is in the stowed position. A common work-around is to move the vehicle while the turret is in the loading position, thereby reducing the amount of time to get the turret in a fire position as opposed to the stow position. Moving from the firing to the stowed position is a procedure that takes several seconds and some skill on the part of the operator.

Variants[edit]

Designation Description
M901 employs the M220A1 TOW
M901A1 employs the M220A2 TOW 2
M901A3 employs the M220A2 TOW 2 and incorporates the RISE powerpack and improved driver controls of the M113A3.

Operators[edit]

Similar vehicles[edit]

The M981 FISTV (Fire Support Team Vehicle) armored vehicle is based on the M901 ITV and closely resembles it, in a deliberate effort to make it less conspicuous on the battlefield.

NM142 - a similar vehicle used by the Norwegian Army

References[edit]

  1. ^ Defense Security Cooperation Agency. "Excess Defense Articles". Retrieved 2011-12-10. 

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