Bushwhacked

KUALA LUMPUR: Bushwhacked. Apart from the Kongsberg NSM, Malaysia has also acquired another weapon from Norway, the NAMMO M72 LAW. This was confirmed by the MTO contract for the M72s last year.

Both companies were among those which took part in the recent DSA 2018. I did not speak to the representatives of both companies though I did found out the M72s were bought to replace the Instalanza C90s.

The M72 LAW at the Nammo stand at DSA 2018. The first one is the AT version while the second is the anti structure version.

I was told the main user of the new M72s will be the GGK though as I had seen the Instalanzas being humped by soldiers from the 10th Para I will assume that they will also get some of these one-shot disposable shoulder fired weapon. Hopefully we will see the M72 – any version – fired in the next installment of the Army Firepower exercise (the date for this year have yet to be confirmed)
U.S. Marines with 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Bravo Company, 2nd Marine Division, conduct a M136 Light-Weight Anti-Armor Weapon (AT4) and M72 Light Anti-Armor Weapon (LAW) live-fire exercise at Ft. Pickett, Va., Aug. 30, 2016. The Marines conducted live-fire exercises to maintain unit readiness and tactical proficiency. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Rebecca L. Floto, 2d MARDIV Combat Camera)

As reported in the previous post, we are getting the AT and Anti-Structure versions of the M72 though no numbers were announced. As for the shoulder fired weapons in the Army, the Carl Gustaff will remain in service for the near future though I was not told whether new ones will be purchased soon. The infantry units main anti-tank weapon will remain the RPG-7 for the immediate future.
Metis-M ATGM on the way at the 2017 Firepower exercise.

The infantry battalions support companies main AT weapon will continue to be the METIS-M while the mechanised units armed with the Bakhtar Shikan in their inventory will remained so for the moment.
A mock-up of the Bakhtar Shikan ATGM system on display at DSA 2018

There’s no immediate plans to add the Ingwe missiles apart from those procured for the Gempita.
On the Way. The Ingwe missile on the way to the target during a test firing in March, 2018.


–Malaysian Defence

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