M-72 LAW (Light Anti-Tank Weapon, also referred to as the Light Anti-Armor Weapon or LAW as well as LAWS Light Anti-Armor Weapons System) is a portable one-shot 66 mm unguided anti-tank weapon.
The solid rocket propulsion unit was developed in the newly formed Rohm and Haas research laboratory at Redstone Arsenal in 1959, then the full system was designed by Paul V. Choate, Charles B. Weeks, Frank A. Spinale, et al. at the Hesse-Eastern Division of Norris Thermadore. American production of the weapon began by Hesse-Eastern in 1963, and was terminated by 1983; currently it is produced by Nammo Raufoss AS in Norway and their subsidiary Nammo Talley, Inc. in Arizona.
In early 1963, M-72 LAW was adopted by the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps as their primary individual infantry anti-tank weapon, replacing the M31 HEAT rifle grenade and the M20A1 “Super Bazooka” in the U.S. Army. It was subsequently adopted by the U.S. Air Force to serve in an anti-emplacement/anti-armor role in Air Base Defense duties. LAW 66, M72, L1A1, Light Anti-Tank Weapon, Rocket Launcher Review
|Type||Anti-tank rocket launcher|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Wars||Vietnam War Falklands War Bougainville Civil War Bosnian WarWar in Afghanistan (2001–present) War in Iraq (2003–2011)|
|Designer||FA Spinale, CB Weeks and PV Choate|
|Designed||Patent filed 1963|
|Manufacturer||Norway: NAMMO (Raufoss, Norway) U.S.: NAMMO Talley (Mesa, Arizona) Turkey: under license by MKEK|
|Unit cost||$876.85 US|
|Weight||2.5 kg (5.5 lb)|
|Length||24.8 in (unarmed) 34.67 in (armed)|
|Muzzle velocity||145 m/s (475.7 ft/s)|
|Effective firing range||200 m (660 ft)|