Nammo from Norway has developed drone-mounted M72 LAW anti-tank weapon


According to information released by Norwegian company Nammo, the company has developed a concept of a new remotely operated anti-tank weapon system consisting of an M72 LAW Light Anti-Tank Weapon mounted on a drone. The result is a flexible and powerful anti-vehicle or anti-tank weapon that can be operated remotely.
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A drone armed with an M72 LAW anti-tank weapon. (Picture source Nammo)


The M72 is a 66mm caliber single use light anti-tank weapon effective against a range of targets such as armored vehicles, personnel, lightly fortified structures, or similar.

The M72 is qualified and in use by a wide range of armed forces in several (mostly NATO) countries and offers a good combination of low weight and heavy firepower. In a regular usage scenario, it is fired from the shoulder of the operator.

While most variants have a maximum effective range of around 350 meters, the new drone concept opens up several new possibilities for versatile use and much longer ranges.

With the M72 mounted on a drone, users can bring the weapon to the target in a way not previously possible. This opens up both a “top attack” option against more heavily armored targets, even up to main battle tanks, while at the same time removing operators from the danger zone.

With the M72 mounted on a drone, users can bring the weapon to the target in a way not previously possible. This opens up both a “top attack” option against more heavily armored targets, even up to main battle tanks, while at the same time removing operators from the danger zone.

Nammo is also looking at options to extend the range of a drone-carried M72 system even more. Currently, a live video feed from cameras on the drone is transmitted back to the operator. This has a maximum range of around 3-4 kilometers, but with improved signal strength, the company is experimenting with ranges up to 50 km.


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