Killertomato wrote:I don't think I-TOW production continued after TOW-2 entered production.
I'm afraid I have much skill in this field but when TOW-2 entered production. The Thai document also vaguely stated the missile as "TOW" and that's it. So I go with the normal TOW-->I-TOW-->TOW-2 as a temporary solution
TOW-2 entered production in 1983 (And TOW-2A entered production in 1987, so why's that not in the game on all the '90s US stuff?). Missiles have time expiry periods, it's not very easy to find them out but Israel got their first TOWs in 1973 for the Yom Kippur War and this book claims that the Iranians got some Israeli TOWs around '85/'86 as part of Iran/Contra and implies they were knackered, although I admit that could just refer to the HAWKs: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Nkx ... ed&f=false
The Saudis got their first shipment of TOW-2As in 2000 and they've been turning up in Syria since 2015. At least some of them are time-expired too.
That gives us an upper-bound expiry time for basic TOW of 13-15 years (less if it was a later shipment of Israeli or Saudi missiles that we're seeing), meaning that if I-TOWs were exported to Thailand in 1990 they only had 6-8 years of life left in them even if they were the last batch to leave the factory. Remember that that's 13 years of storage in a warm, dry environment rather than Thailand's warm, wet one. I personally cannot imagine that the missiles given to Thailand were not at least TOW-2 if not indeed TOW-2A. Furthermore, many units in the game use ammunition they never received for balance purposes so I see nothing out of line with Thailand getting advanced ATGMs.