Follow-On To TOW (FOTT)
The Follow-On To TOW (FOTT) is intended to provide improved long range, lethal, anti-tank capability for systems currently equipped with the Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided (TOW) missile (with the exception of air platforms). Appliqué kits, including hardware and software, are being developed for the following platforms - Improved TOW Acquisition System (ITAS), Improved Bradley Acquisition System (IBAS) and Bradley A2/A2 ODS . The missile concept includes a wooden round modular design with extended shelf-life capability.
The FOTT system will be comprised of the encased FOTT missile and associated platform integration appliqué kits. Key FOTT missile requirements are: (1) compatibility with all TOW ground platforms; (2) fire and forget primary mode of operation with an alternate (semi-automatic command to line-of-sight) mode as backup; (3) increased range, lethality and platform survivability; (4) modular design for future growth and shelf-life extension; and (5) backward compatibility with TOW missiles. Future growth will be accommodated by the FOTT modular design and by transition of applicable technologies from on-going tech base programs. FOTT's precision engagement capability will enhance the Army's ability to dominate the ground maneuver battle.
The FOTT System is the next generation missile system for approximately 5,000+ existing U.S. Army Tube-Launched Optically-Tracked Wire-Guided (TOW) platforms. The Army plans to reduce developmental risks by leveraging demonstrated missile technology and to reduce development and support costs by leveraging the use of existing TOW platforms. FOTT will also take advantage of the increased range of emerging 2nd generation FLIR target acquisition systems (ITAS & IBAS). FOTT will provide improved, long-range anti-armor capability and, with its "fire-and-forget" enhancement, will improve survivability.
No developmental or operational testing of a FOTT configured system has been performed to date. IOT&E is planned for FY 2005. ITAS has completed EMD testing and is presently conducting PQT testing. ITAS fielding is planned in May 1998. IBAS is currently nearing the completion of EMD and approval has been received for LRIP.
Operational, live-fire, and developmental test strategies are near completion for incorporation in the TEMP to support milestone II (3QFY98) and subsequent contract selection.
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