USMC Replenishes M72A7 LAW Stocks, Orders 7,750
Nov 17/08: Nammo Talley Defense, Inc. in Mesa, AZ received a $15.5 million firm-fixed-price contract for 7,750 LAW M72A7 portable rockets from Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, VA, in order to replenish stockpiles. Work will be performed in Mesa, AZ (70%); Camden, MS (16%); and Davidsville, PA (14%), and is expected to be complete by April 2011. Since Nammo Talley is the only LAW manufacturer, this contract was not competitively procured, but was sole source announced via the US Navy’s Electronic Commerce Office (M67854-09-C-1003).
“Israel: LAW on Order” explains the tactical tradeoffs involved in carrying LAW rockets vs. other portable anti-armor weapons. The M72A7 is well adapted to firing on enemy buildings and strongpoints, and has become the standard LAW order in the modern age. LAW rockets are also offered in M72A4 enhanced penetration and M72A5 penetration warheads, but the M72A7 has an insensitive warhead for greater safety, and an enhanced blast effect that makes it especially useful once it penetrates a building. This redesigned version of the LAW rocket has restarted production and returned to American military service in the last couple of years.