The BGM-71 TOW (“Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided”) is an anti-tank missile hit the Russian T-90 main battle tank with “Shtora” in Sheikh Aqil, Syria.
The Shtora is an electro-optical active protection system or suite for tanks, designed to disrupt the laser target designation and rangefinders of incoming anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs). The system is mounted on the Russian T-80 and T-90 series tanks, the Ukrainian T-84 and the Serbian M-84AS.
The first known application of the system is the Russian T-90 main battle tank, which entered service in the Russian Army in 1993. It is also available on the BMP-3M infantry fighting vehicle.