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Vietnam-era rocket launcher may get a new lease on life as Corps ponders a deadlier M-72 | Marine Corps Times
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Vietnam-era rocket launcher may get a new lease on life as Corps ponders a deadlier M-72 | Marine Corps Times

The Corps may soon field a new version of its disposable anti-tank rocket known as the M-72, a weapon system that has seen service with the Marines since the Vietnam War.

Manufactured by Norwegian company NAMMO, the 66 mm anti-tank rocket — also known as the M-72 light assault weapon, or LAW — is headed for another upgrade that may see use by Marines extended onto future battlefields.

Some of the upgrades include deadlier dual fuze rounds, forward-facing firing triggers that will aid in stabilization, and no backblast.

“It’s a game changer,” said Lance Cpl. Sam Elichalt, a squad leader with second platoon, Kilo Company.

Source: Vietnam-era rocket launcher may get a new lease on life as Corps ponders a deadlier M-72 | Marine Corps Times