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The M72 LAW (full name: Light Anti-Tank Weapon) is a 66 mm rocket launcher featured in ArmA: Cold War Assault and ARMA Reforger.

ArmA: Cold War Assault

« LAW is a lightweight, self-contained, antiarmor weapon consisting of a rocket packed in a launcher. It is man-portable, may be fired from either shoulder, and is issued as a round of ammunition. It requires little from the user--only a visual inspection and some operator maintenance. The launcher, which consists of two tubes, one inside the other, serves as a watertight packing container for the rocket and houses a percussion-type firing mechanism that activates the rocket.
Weapon Description

Faction Icon-side-blufor.png United States
Icon-side-greenfor.png Nogovan Partisans
Type Rocket Launcher
Diameter 66 mm
Variants None
The M72 LAW 66 mm rocket launcher.

The M72 LAW is used by both U.S. military forces and in limited numbers with the Nogovan Partisans in ArmA: Cold War Assault.


The M72 LAW is an unguided and reloadable, portable short-range rocket launcher.

It uses 66 mm rockets fitted with a high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead, and has a maximum range of up to 500 metres.

Rockets away.

The M72 LAW serves as the primary anti-tank launcher of U.S. forces at the height of the Malden Islands Crisis.

Like its Soviet counterpart, the M72 LAW is designed to be a short-ranged AT weapon. The M72's rockets are powerful enough to destroy most light ground vehicles like Armoured Personnel Carriers in a single hit.

However, better armoured vehicles such as the T-72 will require a minimum of two rockets to destroy. The heaviest of armoured vehicles like the T-80 will necessitate at least three shots to disable. Against such targets, the Carl Gustav would be preferable due to the latter's significantly more powerful warhead.


LAW Rocket

The M72 LAW can only be loaded with one type of rocket. It requires two free inventory slots to carry:

Damage type Base damage value
High-Explosive 500

The rocket is always fired with an initial velocity of 30 m/s and only needs 0.2 seconds after launch to reach a maximum speed of 350 m/s in mid-flight. The warhead has a blast radius of 2.5 metres.


  • As with the RPG-75NH, Cold War Assault's M72 is incorrectly depicted as a reloadable weapon.
The information below details unused, pre-release or removed content.
  • Unused ArmA 3 LAW reticle.

    Pre-Alpha screenshots as well as unused config references and a leftover icon (Texture name: m_law_ca.paa) indicate that the M72 LAW was presumably meant to have made a return as a usable launcher in ArmA 3.
    • A dedicated reticle for the M72 LAW's flip-up ironsight is also present, though it too remains completely unused.
    • Unfortunately, the model itself no longer exists in the game's files, which would suggest that the M72 LAW was removed early in development.


ARMA Reforger

« 66mm one-shot, disposable anti-tank rocket launcher.
Weapon Description

Faction Icon-side-blufor.png United States
Type Rocket Launcher
Diameter 66 mm
Weight 1.36 kg
Variants None
The M72A3 LAW rocket launcher.

The M72A3 LAW is used exclusively by U.S. military forces in ARMA Reforger.


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The M72A3 LAW in Reforger serves as a disposable counterpart to the Soviet RPG-7V1.

Both fulfil a similar role, the main difference being that unlike the RPG-7V1, LAWs cannot be reloaded after firing and the tube must be discarded upon use.

LAWs are always pre-loaded with a single 66 mm rocket fitted a high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead. The leaf sight is adjustable, and can be set for targets at distances of between 50 m up to a maximum of 350 m (adjustments are made with increments/decrements of 50 m).


66mm HEAT M72A3 Rocket

The M72A3 LAW is restricted to one type of rocket. It is a disposable launcher and cannot be reloaded after use:

Ammo parameters Primary warhead (expl.) Primary warhead (frag.) Secondary warhead
Damage type Explosive / Incendiary Fragmentation Kinetic / Incendiary
Base damage value 100 (E) / 12 (I) 1 509 (K) / 25 (I)
Initial velocity (m/s) 150 1,000 1,000
Penetrator type N/A N/A Chemical
Penetration depth (mm) 0 0 320
Penetration density (g/cm3) N/A N/A 7.86
Penetration speed (m/s) N/A N/A 1,000

66 mm high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) rocket.

It is launched with an initial velocity of 150 m/s. Rockets have a minimum fuse range of 10 metres and a maximum flight time of 6.1 seconds. The warhead consists of two components: the primary explosive, and a secondary chemical-based penetrator submunition.

Upon impact, the primary component will deal explosive damage to all targets with a radius of 10 metres. Only targets that are within 8 metres of the blast will take incendiary damage. Lastly, the primary component will also disperse up to 15 fragments in a cylindrical-shaped radius of 20 metres, dealing fragmentation-type damage to any targets hit by the shrapnel.

On the other hand, the secondary submunition is launched with a velocity of 1,000 m/s and can pierce up to 320 millimetres of armour plating. It deals both kinetic and incendiary-type damage.

Each rocket weighs 0.900 kg, takes up 2x1 inventory slots, and has a volume capacity constraint of 1,000 cm3.


  • Reforger's iteration of the LAW is the first official weapon in the entire series to properly function as a disposable weapon (for obvious reasons this does not include the mechanic's debut in third party-developed Creator DLCs).


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See also

Weapons of comparable role and configuration

Weapons of ArmA: Cold War Assault
Handguns 92F 9 mmCZ-75 9 mmGlock 17 9 mmS&W .357Tokarev TT-33 7.62 mm
Submachine guns Ingram .45MP5SD3 9 mmPP-19 Bizon 9 mmSa-61 Scorpion 7.65 mmUZI 9 mm
Shotguns Kozlice
Carbines AK-74 SU 5.45 mmXM-177E2 5.56 mm (XM-177S)
Assault rifles AK-47 7.62 mm (AK-47 GL, AK-47 CZ) • AK-74 5.45 mm (AK-74 GL) • AUG A1 5.56 mmFN-FAL 7.62 mmG3A4 7.62 mmG36 5.56 mmM16A2 5.56 mm (M16A2 GL)
Sniper rifles Hunting Rifle 7.62 mmM21 7.62 mmSVD 7.62 mm
Machine guns M60 7.62 mmPK 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers 6G30MM-1
Launchers 9K32 Strela-2AT-4 SpigotCarl Gustav M2FIM-92 StingerM72 LAWRPG-75NH
Static M2
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
OFP-factionicon-unitedstates.png United States - Armoury (ArmA: Cold War Assault)
Handguns 92F 9 mmGlock 17 9 mmS&W .357
Submachine guns MP5SD3 9 mmUZI 9 mm
Carbines XM-177E2 5.56 mm (XM-177S)
Assault rifles AUG A1 5.56 mmM16A2 5.56 mm (M16A2 GL)
Sniper rifles M21 7.62 mm
Machineguns M60 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers MM-1
Launchers Carl Gustav M2FIM-92 StingerM72 LAW
Static M2
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
OFP-factionicon-fia.png FIA - Armoury (ArmA: Cold War Assault)
Handguns 92F 9 mm* • CZ-75 9 mm* • Tokarev TT-33 7.62 mm*
Submachine guns Ingram .45* • UZI 9 mm*
Shotguns Kozlice*
Assault rifles AK-47 7.62 mm* (AK-47 GL*, AK-47 CZ*) • AK-74 5.45 mmAUG A1 5.56 mm* • FN-FAL 7.62 mmG3A4 7.62 mm
Sniper rifles Hunting Rifle 7.62 mmSVD 7.62 mm*
Machine guns PK 7.62 mm*
Launchers 9K32 Strela-2* • M72 LAW* • RPG-75NH*
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* primarily used by the Nogovan Partisans in the Resistance campaign
Weapons of ARMA Reforger
Handguns M9 9 mmPM 9 mm
Assault rifles AK-74 5.45 mmM16A2 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles M21 SWS 7.62 mmSVD 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons M249 SAW 5.56 mmRPK-74 5.45 mm
Machine guns M60 7.62 mmPKM 7.62 mm
Launchers M72A3 LAWRPG-7V1
Static M2HB - TripodM60 - TripodPKM - Tripod
OFP-factionicon-unitedstates.png United States - Armoury (ARMA Reforger)
Handguns M9 9 mm
Assault rifles M16A2 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles M21 SWS 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons M249 SAW 5.56 mm
Machineguns M60 7.62 mm
Launchers M72A3 LAW
Static M2HB - TripodM60 - Tripod