The Polish Minister of Defense to purchase several thousand Norwegian-made M72 EC Mk1 aunguided anti-tank weapon. The decision was officially announced by the Minister of Defense of the country Mariusz Blaszczak on Twitter. The experience of the armed forces of Ukraine with the massive use of anti-tank anti-tank weapons against the armored attack of the Russian army has already been studied by Poland. Polish Minister of Defense find a replacement for the thousands of Soviet RPG-7s. M72 EC Mk1 having single-shot launchers that were cheap and requiring no special training.
The M72 LAW (Light Anti-Tank Weapon or Light Anti-Armor Weapon) is a portable one-shot 66 mm (2.6 in) 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.
Nammo’s shoulder fired systems offer a supreme combination of low weight and heavy firepower. Building on more than half a century of experience, today’s systems deliver a true reliable advantage to several of the world’s most advanced armed forces. The main difference between a shoulder fired weapon like the M72 and an anti-tank guided missile is that the rocket on the shoulder fired weapon only burns for a very short while after being fired, and then relies on fins that extend once the warhead has left the tube to stabilize itself in flight. Without the need for a large rocket and a control system, the weapon becomes much lighter and cheaper than a guided missile.
Weapons standing the test of time and continuously proving too effective in battle to be retired to a
museum display – like Nammo’s M72 Shoulder-Fired Series – are being successfully used on the modern battlefield today. The Nammo M72 Enhanced Capacity (EC) Mk 1 combines decades of innovation and Nammo expertise to deliver a world-leading close combat weapon. The system is disposable, easy to operate, extremely lightweight and powerful. The M72 EC can penetrate up to 450 mm RHA. The dual safe fuze and on-axis trigger equip the warfighter with an improved weapon system that is both safe and effective.