"Fair fights are for suckers."
- – The Mighty Jingles
The M901 ITV (Improved TOW Vehicle, yes it has an acronym in its initialization) is one of the many, many combat systems derived from the M113 armored personnel carrier. Instead of carrying troops, the M901 is a dedicated anti-tank platform, mounting a pair of TOW (Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided) missile launchers in its distinctive "Hammer Head" turret. This turret allows the M901 to hide behind cover, only exposing the missile launcher to enemy fire. This innovative design, when coupled with the firepower of the TOW, makes the M901 a major threat to enemy armor.
In Team Yankee
The M901 is a pretty sweet Tank Hunter. The Improved TOW Missile can smack foes with AT 21, Firepower 3+, up to 4 feet away. The Tows guided and HEAT, so you ignore the penalties for shooting at things beyond 16 inches. There is also the Hammerhead rule as an added bonus, which means that you can fire the missile and still be Gone to Ground. However, it cannot engage targets within 8 inches. Aside from the TOW, the ITV is also armed with a .30cal AA machine gun (somewhere).
As for defense, the M901 has the standard armor of the M113 chassis, so don't take on any dedicated anti-armor weapons.
This thing is a Sniper, pure and simple. Park it somewhere with concealment and pop tanks from 2/3rds of the board away. If the opponent gets to close, pack up shop and dash the heck away, as you cant shoot the TOW if you move.
You can have any section size you want, so long as its 2 ATVs, which will cost you 3 points. The M901 ITV can be taken by US Armies.
Originally the US military wanted nothing to do with guided missile carriers, but after the Yom Kippur War proved their viability, the US Army put out a contract for a vehicle that could deliver guided destruction to an enemy vehicle face. The M901 was the result of that contract, and a little over 3000 of them were built in the short time that it was in production. The M901 was used in Operation Desert Storm where it knocked out 14 Iraqi fighting vehicles. However the M901 ITV is an inherently defensive vehicle because of its light armor and inability to fire on the move. While these were not major problems against an expected Soviet armored offensive these draw backs means it has since been phased out of US service, and replaced by the M2 and M3 Bradley Armored Fighting Vehicle which also carry the same TOW missile alongside an autocannon, like a Predator with a hunter-killer missile attached.
In US service, the M901 ITV was organized into anti-tank companies and attached to Mechanized Battalions. The three platoons of ITVs in the company would then be further divided into sections and attached to the Mechanized infantry platoons with roughly a two vehicle section of M901s per platoon. They were also employed in the scout platoon of Armored Cavalry regiments, with the platoon being made up of 3 M901 ITVs and 3 M113s.
The M901 remains in service among several militaries around the world, with nations such as Greece and Morocco.
|US Forces in Team Yankee|
|Tanks:||M1 Abrams - M60 Patton - M551 Sheridan|
|Transports:||M113 Armored Personnel Carrier - UH-1 Huey - AAVP7 - Bradley Fighting Vehicle|
|Troops:||US Mech Platoon - Marine Rifle Platoon - Huey Rifle Platoon - HMMWV Machine Gun Platoon|
|Artillery:||M106 Heavy Mortar Carrier - M109 Howitzer - LAV-M|
|Anti-Aircraft:||M163 VADS - M48 Chaparral - M247 Sergeant York - HMMWV SAM|
|Tank Hunters:||M901 ITV - HMMWV-TOW - LAV-AT|
|Recon:||M113 FIST- M113 Scout Section - HMMWV Scout Section - LAV-25|
|Aircraft:||A-10 Warthog - AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter - AV-8 Harrier|