Canada to supply 4,500 M72 LAW anti-tank rocket launchers to Ukraine


According to a statement published by the Canadian Ministry of Defense on March 3, 2022, Canada will supply up to 4,500 M72 LAW rocket launchers and up to 7500 hand grenades to Ukraine.
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A Canadian soldier fires an M72 LAW man-portable anti-tank rocket weapon. (Picture source Canada MoD)


Canadians stand united with the people of Ukraine in the face of the ongoing Russian attacks, and the Government continues to provide the equipment and aid needed by Ukraine during this time. To this end, the Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence, announced further contributions of military equipment to Ukraine as it fights for its sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence.

Since Sunday, February 27, Canada has also announced that it will supply the following:

- Approximately 1600 fragmentation vests;
- Approximately 390,000 Individual Meal Packs;
- A commitment of at least 100 anti-armor weapons systems - Carl Gustav M2 recoilless rifles, as well as related accessories and scopes;
- 2000 rounds of 84 mm ammunition;
- $25 million in non-lethal aid, which could include helmets, body armor, gas masks and night vision gear; and
- Two C-130J tactical airlift aircraft and a team of 40-50 personnel to deliver aid and to support CAF, as well as allied and partnered efforts in Europe.

In February 2022, the Government delivered approximately $10 million worth of military equipment – lethal and non-lethal – to Ukraine, which included surveillance and detection equipment, personal carriage and load carriage equipment, machine guns, pistols, carbines, 1.5 million rounds of ammunition and more. The additional military equipment announced since Sunday, February 27 will be flown from Canada to an Allied neighboring country as soon as possible, from which final delivery to Ukraine will be coordinated.

Citing Anita Anand, the Canadian Minister of National Defence, “In the face of Russian aggression, Canada is continuing to step up its military support for Ukraine. To that end, the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence are working hard to deliver these new tranches of military equipment as quickly as possible. We will leave no stone unturned as we support Ukraine in the hours, days and weeks to come.”

The M-72 LAW is a light single-use, recoil-less, anti-tank weapon for close-range combat, designed to let part of the propellant gases escape to the rear. Additionally, it is a discardable, self-contained rocket launcher. The M72 LAW’s warhead has excellent penetration ability and lethal after-armor effects. The extremely destructive, shaped-charge explosive penetrates more than 300mm of armor. It has a firing range from 10 m to 200 m.


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