M72 LAW making a comeback

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Defense Industry daily reports that the Marines have procured 7750 LAWs (M72A7) from Nammo Talley Defense for a total of $15.5 million (which works out to be $2000/unit).

Nammo Talley Defense, Inc. in Mesa, AZ received a $15.5 million firm-fixed-price contract for 7,750 LAW M72A7 portable rockets from Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, VA, in order to replenish stockpiles.

The short (unextended length of 0.67 m) low cost and low weight (5.5 lbs) 66mm one-shot rocket system is useful in urban environments against buildings and lightly armored vehicles, such as those found in Iraq/Afghanistan.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Greg Greg on Jun 21, 2011

    I don't have any problems with bringing back the LAW, although I have to wonder what modifications there are to bring it up to the A7 configuration. The problem I have with it is the $2,000 a shot cost. How much is an AT-4 costing nowadays. Wonder what the cost is of a SMAW nowadays also. Just seems pretty steep. I thought 25 years ago when I was an Army Ammo Officer, they were less than a hundred bucks. But then, maybe my memory is just getting old.

  • Jim Jim on Feb 25, 2012

    This is just the thing to carry around in a country that is hot, and filled none too friendly’s that fight from mud huts with walls 4 ft thick that a ma duce wont poke through and think a Toyota Hilux filled with RPG gunners in the back is the best "assault" vehicle there is.
    At 5.5 Lbs, it’s like carrying an extra combat load of 5.56 ammo weight wise, but can open up a mud wall, a technical, or a mortar position very quickly.
    The M72 had to be fired in salvos to be effective against anything that resembled real armor even back in the 80s, so it’s like a paint ball gun to anything modern - why waste the time and money-update it and move on. We actually should update the warhead to strait HE (for instances where real friendly’s might wind up with a frag warheads pieces stuck in themselves or their children) and a frag warhead (for instances where we want everybody in a 30 ft radius to be riddled with holes and to attain instant hamburger-like consistency).