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M72-LAW
M72 law rocket.png
Manufactured: 1963
Industry: Tally Defense Systems
Region of Origin: United States of America
Armor of Penetration: Up to 700 mm RHA + ERA, depending on the warhead type
Caliber: 66mm
Range: 200m
Users:
  • United States of America
  • Federal Republic of Germany (Purchased from the US as part of Lend Lease in 2016 along with the M136)
  • Israel Federation (Purchased from the US in 2017)
  • Republic of Italy (Purchased from the US in 2017 6 days after joining Corcus Powers)
  • Second Ottoman Empire (Purchased in 2018 merged with Stock from previous Lend lease)
  • Commonwealth of Canada (Purchased After American Campaign in 2026)
  • Empire of India (Captured from Second Ottoman Empire)
  • Vietan Republic (Captured During American Campaign)
  • Sun Empire (Captured During American Campaign)
Type: recoilless launch + rocket booster
Years Active: 1963-Present

The M72 LAW is a portable one-shot 66 mm unguided anti-tank weapon, designed in the United States by Paul V. Choate, Charles B. Weeks, and Frank A. Spinale et al. while with the Hesse-Eastern Division of Norris Thermadore, currently produced by Nammo Raufoss AS in Norway. United States production of the weapon began in 1963 and it terminated in 1983.

In early 1963 the LAW was adopted by the United States Army and United States Marines as their primary individual infantry anti-tank weapon, replacing the M31 HEAT rifle grenade and the M20A1 "Super Bazooka" in the US Army. It was subsequently adopted by the United States Air Force to serve in an anti-emplacement/anti-armor role in Air Base Defense duties.

It continued to remain as a portable Rocket Launcher for the Untied States Army throughout the 20th Century up until 1987 when the Americans first used the Swedish made Pansarskott AT4 style weapon, which led to the creation of the M136 the successor of the M72 LAW that same year in 1987.

However the M72 remained in the United States Army, but in limited numbers, up until the fall of the United Nations and NATO in 2016. It was eventually mass-produced again along side the M136, and became a vital portable launcher for the United States Army and other Corcus Power Nations before and during the events of World War III., where it was refitted to fire much more accurately then it previously was designed.

As of World War III the M72 LAW is currently being used heavily once again by the United States side by side with the M136, along with all other Corcus Power Nations, including the Eurasian Strategic Alliance who were able to successfully get their hands on this portable launcher when Turkey defected from the Corcus Powers in 2023.

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