Norwegian protection firm Nammo is happy to announce that the corporate is engaged on a drone-mounted M72 idea. The corporate has for a number of years been engaged on an idea the place the M72 Mild Anti-Tank Weapon (LAW) is mounted on a drone. The end result is a versatile and highly effective anti-vehicle or anti-tank weapon that may be operated remotely. Whereas most variants have a most efficient vary round 350 meters, the brand new drone idea opens up a number of new potentialities for versatile use and for much longer ranges. This has a most vary of round 3-4 kilometers, however with improved sign energy, the corporate is experimenting with ranges as much as 50 km.

A high assault weapon is designed to assault armoured automobiles from above as a type of plunging fireplace, because the armour is normally thinnest on the highest of the automobile. Ideally, it should penetrate perpendicular to the attacked floor. The machine could also be delivered by an anti-tank guided missile, mortar or artillery shell, and even an emplaced munition reminiscent of a mine. This opens up each a “high assault” possibility towards extra closely armored targets, even as much as most important battle tanks, whereas on the identical time eradicating operators from the hazard zone. The highest assault idea is pretty new and was first put into service by the Swedish in 1988 with the Bofors RBS 56 BILL top-attack anti-tank missile.


Nammo’s drone mounted M72 idea could be efficient towards a variety of targets. This automobile was destroyed as a part of an idea check at Nammo’s Check Heart. Picture: Nammo

The M72 drone idea can be a low-cost idea that doesn’t depend on GPS or much like perform. With a level of automation, the variety of operators could be saved at an affordable degree, and the sunshine anti-tank weapon / drone mixture can doubtless function in so-called swarms. In comparison with standard anti-tank missiles, this may be an efficient and cheap answer towards armored forces. M72 variants meant for use towards armored targets can penetrate not less than 450mm of metal.

The M72 is a 66mm caliber single use mild anti-tank weapon efficient towards a variety of targets reminiscent of armored automobiles, personnel, frivolously fortified constructions, or comparable. The M72 is certified and in use by a variety of armed forces in a number of (largely NATO) international locations and gives a superb mixture of low weight and heavy firepower. In a daily utilization situation, it’s fired from the shoulder of the operator. he M72 LAW was issued as a prepackaged spherical of ammunition. Enhancements to the launcher and variations within the ammunition have been differentiated by a single designation. The unique M72 warhead penetrated 5 centimeters(2 inches) of armor.

Nammo M72 66mm caliber single use light anti-tank weapon
Nammo M72 moveable one-shot 66-mm unguided single use mild anti-tank weapon

The weapon consists of a rocket inside a launcher consisting of two tubes, one inside the opposite. Whereas closed, the outer meeting serves as a watertight container for the rocket and the percussion-cap firing mechanism that prompts the rocket. The outer tube accommodates the set off, the arming deal with, entrance and rear sights, and the rear cowl. The interior tube accommodates the channel meeting, which homes the firing pin meeting, together with the detent lever. The rocket motor burns fully earlier than leaving the mouth of the launcher, producing a backblast of gases round 1,400 °F (760 °C). The rocket propels the 66-mm warhead ahead with out vital recoil.

The M72 LAW (Mild Anti-Tank Weapon, additionally known as the Mild Anti-Armor Weapon or LAW in addition to LAWS: Mild Anti-Armor Weapons System) is a transportable one-shot 66-mm unguided anti-tank weapon. The stable rocket propulsion unit was developed within the newly shaped Rohm and Haas analysis laboratory at Redstone Arsenal in 1959, then the total system was designed by Paul V. Choate, Charles B. Weeks, Frank A. Spinale, et al. on the Hesse-Jap Division of Norris Thermadore. American manufacturing of the weapon started by Hesse-Jap in 1963, and was terminated by 1983; at the moment it’s produced by Nammo Raufoss AS in Norway and their subsidiary Nammo Talley, Inc. in Arizona.