M72 light assault weapon

Nammo Talley has secured a contract to supply additional M72 light assault weapons (LAW) to the US Department of Defense (DoD).

Under the terms of the multi-year, indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract, the company will deliver M72 LAW variants for anti-armour and anti-structure missions, as well as sub-calibre training systems and other support services.

The four-year agreement has a maximum ceiling of approximately $63m, but the value is contingent on the total quantity of options exercised.

The DoD has already placed the first delivery order for the contract, which exceeds $25m.

Nammo Talley SLM product line director Chad Parkhill said: "This is another important milestone for the battle-proven M72 LAW.

"It also sustains the vital ammunition industrial supply base in a period of decreasing volume.

"We’re ready and proud to provide US and allied forces with what we believe are the lightest, most capable and cost-effective shoulder-fired weapons in the world."

"This is another important milestone for the battle-proven M72 LAW."

The M72 LAW is a portable, one-shot 66mm unguided anti-tank weapon and was adopted by the US Army and Marine Corps as their primary individual infantry anti-tank weapon in 1963, and later by the US Air Force to serve in an anti-emplacement / anti-armour role in air base defence duties.

Nammo Talley will undertake programme management and final assembly of the energetic rounds at its headquarters in Mesa, Arizona, US. The inert launcher fabrication is scheduled to take place in Davidsville, Pennsylvania, US.

Claimed to be the sole manufacturer of man-portable, unguided and shoulder-launched munitions in the US, Nammo Talley has produced more than 350,000 LAWs for US and allied military forces to date.

Image: The M72 light assault weapon is a one-shot 66mm unguided anti-tank weapon. Photo: © Nammo AS 2014.