Canadian Forces Procurement – US FMS Notice – TOW 2B ITAS Components
TOW 2B Improved Target Acquisition System Components
US Foreign Military Sale Notice — Proposed
Sale to Canada
The Canadian Forces uses TOW 2B anti-tank missiles on tripods and vehicle mounts. ITAS, the Improved Target
Acquisition System, was first purchased for TOW tripod mounts. ITAS – and an improved Fire Control System
– were selected as an upgrade for TUA (TOW-Under- Armour ). These TUA turrets were being refurbished for
transfer to a new vehicle.
The turrets (a Kvaerner design built in Canada) were to be moved from the tracked M113 to wheeled LAV III as LAV TUA. Incorporating ITAS and an improved FCS gave LAV TUA a
greater detection range, zoom, and improved tracking of targets. LAV TUA break-in testing began in April 2006 with
Lord Strathcona's Horse (RC).
To satisfy United States law, the US Department of Defense's Defense Security
Cooperation Agency must notify the US Congress of potential exports of any US- made or controlled military
equipment through Foreign Military Sales. If approved by Congress, DoD or manufacturer(s) will receive permission
to export to Canada.
The text of the FMS notice (as published by the US DSCA) is reproduced below:
Defense Security Cooperation Agency
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Date: 4 October 2001
Transmittal No. 02-31
CANADA – Sale of TOW 2B Anti-Tank Missile Target Acquisition System
On 4 October , the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military
Sale to the Government of Canada of TOW 2B anti- tank missile target acquisition systems, associated
weapons and equipment, and technical and logistical support.
The Government of Canada has requested a possible sale for the components of the TOW Improved
Target Acquisition System (ITAS): 75 TOW Target Acquis- ition Systems, 75 Fire Control Systems, support
equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical data, personnel training and
equipment, U.S. Govern- ment and contractor engineering and logistics personnel services, a Quality Assu-
rance Team, and other related elements of logistics support.
The estimated cost is [US] $43 million.
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security ob- jectives of the United
States by improving the military capabilities of Canada and further weapon system standardization and
interoperability with U.S. forces.
Canada will use these ITAS components on their [LAV III-based LAV TUA] Light Armored Vehicles. The system will
greatly enhance the coalition efforts within the region. Canada, which already has ITAS in its
inventory, will have no difficulty absorbing these additional components.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region.
The prime contractor will be of Raytheon Corporation of McKinney, Texas. There are no offset agreements proposed in
connection with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of a U.S. Govern- ment Quality Assurance Team
to Canada for a week to assist in the delivery and deployment of the missiles. Four
contractor representatives will be required for two years to perform maintenance services.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this pro- posed