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TOW MISSLE ISSUES NOT REPRESENTED IN THE GAME


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First of all, after working with the TOW MISSLE SYSTEM for 8 years in the USMC ,it don't make me a TOW MISSLE EXPERT, BUT we had issues with the Regular TOW, Then the ITOW , then finally the TOW 2 came out and we had big issues with the TOW2. Shooting just the regular TOW Missile 10 times, we would have a failure rate of approximately 3-4 missile failures. most of those issues being a Broken Wire from the gun platform to the missile itself. We also had 2 missiles that blew up only 20-30 yards, which was an issue by itself because the TOW missile wasn't supposed to arm its warhead until it went over 50 yards. Here is my last issue about the TOW, they are way to accurate at short ranges. When you fired your TOW MISSILE after the missile leaves the launch tube  the gunner is trying to reacquire its target, then while that's going on , the flight motors kick in and you can't see ****!!!!! around after 10-15 seconds now you can finally make sense out of everything, you can now see the target, see the IR light on the missile and now your heart is pumping hard now because in another 6-10 seconds, your target is getting ready to be obliterated, and they don't even know it!!!!  So if the BF Community can start making the Tows Less Accurate at shorter ranges would be a start, Say from 50 yards to 1,000 yards the hit rate should only be around 60 to 65 percent, From 1,000-2,000 yards the hit accuracy will now be getting better so I would say 70-90 percent, then from  2,000-just over 3,000 yards my percentage would go from 80-95 percent. During Desert Storm during the battle the M2-M3 Bradley had a Huge problems

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17 minutes ago, Gary R Lukas said:

First of all, after working with the TOW MISSLE SYSTEM for 8 years in the USMC ,it don't make me a TOW MISSLE EXPERT, BUT we had issues with the Regular TOW, Then the ITOW , then finally the TOW 2 came out and we had big issues with the TOW2. Shooting just the regular TOW Missile 10 times, we would have a failure rate of approximately 3-4 missile failures. most of those issues being a Broken Wire from the gun platform to the missile itself. We also had 2 missiles that blew up only 20-30 yards, which was an issue by itself because the TOW missile wasn't supposed to arm its warhead until it went over 50 yards. Here is my last issue about the TOW, they are way to accurate at short ranges. When you fired your TOW MISSILE after the missile leaves the launch tube  the gunner is trying to reacquire its target, then while that's going on , the flight motors kick in and you can't see ****!!!!! around after 10-15 seconds now you can finally make sense out of everything, you can now see the target, see the IR light on the missile and now your heart is pumping hard now because in another 6-10 seconds, your target is getting ready to be obliterated, and they don't even know it!!!!  So if the BF Community can start making the Tows Less Accurate at shorter ranges would be a start, Say from 50 yards to 1,000 yards the hit rate should only be around 60 to 65 percent, From 1,000-2,000 yards the hit accuracy will now be getting better so I would say 70-90 percent, then from  2,000-just over 3,000 yards my percentage would go from 80-95 percent. During Desert Storm during the battle the M2-M3 Bradley had a Huge problems

Interesting. I had impression that TOW is much more accurate and reliable, maybe I was wrong.

At least Youtube have a lot of videos from war zones that show very effective employment of ATGMs of different kinds, including TOW. 

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How come the Russian's never chime in about how crappy their stuff was?(asking for a friend). All I hear is how crappy the TOW, Dragon, LAW, M735, M60A1 and all the other systems are and believe me, in game they are all crap. But Ivan never chimes in? 

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Distant memory of some long ago TOW-related reading: Don't fire TOW over bodies of water because... just don't. Don't fire TOW if you have cross winds over 7(?)mph. That last number is shaky. I think it said mph instead of kph (a 7kph cross wind would be a gentle breeze). I can't recall if there were any prohibitions against firing in the rain.

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3 hours ago, dpabrams said:

How come the Russian's never chime in about how crappy their stuff was?(asking for a friend). All I hear is how crappy the TOW, Dragon, LAW, M735, M60A1 and all the other systems are and believe me, in game they are all crap. But Ivan never chimes in? 

IMHO 99% of the people commenting here plays the Us side.

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6 hours ago, Bufo said:

IMHO 99% of the people commenting here plays the Us side.

I’ve mostly been playing the Sovs so far. The ATGMs mostly work but they aren’t 100% by any means. 
 

The original MACLOS AT3s are pretty crap when you don’t have a very skilled operator. OTOH, the Sovs had them in wide distribution very early. 
 

CM doesn’t model all kinds of failure modes that exit in real life. Your WWII German tanks show up w/o having suffered 50% casualties from the road march from broken final drives or engine fires, your T34s don’t blow their transmissions, and the M60A2’s systems all work. 
 

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41 minutes ago, Halmbarte said:

CM doesn’t model all kinds of failure modes that exit in real life. Your WWII German tanks show up w/o having suffered 50% casualties from the road march from broken final drives or engine fires, your T34s don’t blow their transmissions, and the M60A2’s systems all work. 
 

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Btw those be Oranges when the OP is talking Apples which is pretty relevant to actual game play....

 

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10 hours ago, dpabrams said:

How come the Russian's never chime in about how crappy their stuff was?(asking for a friend). All I hear is how crappy the TOW, Dragon, LAW, M735, M60A1 and all the other systems are and believe me, in game they are all crap. But Ivan never chimes in? 

You can rest assured that everything is crappy as humans and organisations are involved.

The beauty with freedom is that we stand a chance of highlighting the crap to have a better chance of it being slightly less crap than those that can not talk about how crap their stuff is.

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I have found the M901 w/TOW is a very effective weapon system vs the AI.   However in my 2 PBEM games, one as the US and one as the Soviets, human counter tactics neutralize the M901 w/TOW fairly easily.   They are still good for covering large open spaces but smoke can neutralize that advantage as well if smoke is available.  If you can't count on a decent hit rate from the TOW, then they will be totally useless.  

IMO, the inability for the M901 to go true hull down and to shoot and scoot prevents them from being used effectively.  I haven't used infantry or dismounted TOWs but I suspect they are much more effective than vehicle mounted TOWs.

(Oops, I meant to post in the other TOW thread but I guess it fits here as well.  So just leaving it.)

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Interesting original post, since you have imput from someone that actually used the system.

I was only able to watch such guys use the system. 

I do agree, he has some valid points as to accuracy of the weapon.

But I would like to point out, some of the failure problem is during training, they are using old munitions, getting rid of the stuff that has been sitting around the longest.

So that is a factor in some of the failure rate.

Personnally, as for firing problems, I would say it was 1 in 5. from what I saw. As for missing the target, he likely has some good points for short range.

But I do recall long range targets being missed a lot. Normally something failed with the communication by them. Wire issues. So not sure his high percentage at the longest ranges would be correct.

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I finished reading a book about 73 Eastings and From the Cavalry Commander on down they couldn't believe the issues that they had pertaining to the missile itself, numerous wires breaking, warheads exploding in mid air 6 seconds after launch, it was all there. The book was written by Col Douglas MacGreggor called Warriors Rage.

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In 1987 In Okinawa Japan I actually had the Honor of shooting an AT-3 Sagger that these Green Berets had on their base. I trained them on weapon Identification, Tank, APC, Aircraft even naval ships and Submarines, then we gave them a 5 day course on the TOW letting them fire a few missiles and in exchange we had a party playing with the Russian weapons they had. PKM...AKM...RPK.....DISHKA Heavy MG, I will take the MA 2 any day after firing that}a few RPG-7's then I finished it off with the AT-3 Sagger, what fun we had back in the good ole days.

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19 hours ago, slysniper said:

I do agree, he has some valid points as to accuracy of the weapon.

But I would like to point out, some of the failure problem is during training, they are using old munitions, getting rid of the stuff that has been sitting around the longest.

So that is a factor in some of the failure rate.

I can just imagine the quartermaster when the #hit hits the fan and the Russian's invade saying don't issue those old munitions as they are past their best before date...

Just sayin.... 

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7 hours ago, Gary R Lukas said:

I finished reading a book about 73 Eastings and From the Cavalry Commander on down they couldn't believe the issues that they had pertaining to the missile itself, numerous wires breaking, warheads exploding in mid air 6 seconds after launch, it was all there. The book was written by Col Douglas MacGreggor called Warriors Rage.

BTW thanks for the first hand accounts always useful to read, of course it is just one person's perception so has to be weighed with other sources before a model is created and maybe tweaked...

One of the many things  I love about this site is these 1st hand accounts. I would love to hear more about the Warsaw Pact POV and perhaps those from East Germany or former Soviet Bloc countries will pop by to explain about the Saggers crap points? If they ever got to test fire them?

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1 hour ago, Holien said:

BTW thanks for the first hand accounts always useful to read, of course it is just one person's perception so has to be weighed with other sources before a model is created and maybe tweaked...

One of the many things  I love about this site is these 1st hand accounts. I would love to hear more about the Warsaw Pact POV and perhaps those from East Germany or former Soviet Bloc countries will pop by to explain about the Saggers crap points? If they ever got to test fire them?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sagger-Anti-Tank-Missile-Main-Battle/dp/1472825772 not read it but was recently browsing and was intrigued as would assume cross over to Europe Cold War. 

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An old reference book of mine said T-62s APFSDS round had a 50-60% hit probability at around 1,250m, itself. Before you mock the Russians, that's pretty identical to M60A1's APDS round. The only difference was the M60A1 round was less likely to penetrate. ^_^

Reading contemporary reports from late 70s thru early 80s its surprising how much stuff in the inventory was, to be a bit harsh, half-baked crap. When M60A3 first showed up in Europe there was the initial lament "Oh no, fire controls made by the same people who gave us M60A2!" The first thing units did when they got the tank was go from one end of the vehicle to the other fixing assembly line manufacturing errors. M60A3s sat in Europe without their TTS sights while a fleet of M60A3 TTSs were delivered to Egypt. That didn't go over particularly well.

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Well, I just finished the battle in the US campaign that uses a bunch of tows for a ambush. 

To tell you the truth, I did not count it. but I would say the game has it pretty close to correct. I was likely running at 60% of what was fired as to getting hits.

I think most of the shots were running around 1300 meters, a few down in the 900  and a very few at longer ranges, I did not check , but like 1600 meters.

 

I sure did not get a feel that the game is over accurate as the original post suggest.

They would need to prove some data as to what is happening in the game before I would investigate it.

 

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