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"For volunteer formations": the United States donated a batch of light disposable M72 LAW grenade launchers to Lithuania

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The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense will receive a batch of M72 LAW anti-tank grenade launchers from the United States as military aid. This was reported by the press service of the military department.


The number of grenade launchers donated to the Lithuanian army is not named, it is noted that the total cost of the entire batch is $ 10 million. Weapon intended for the "Volunteer Territory Security Service" - a militarized structure like the territorial troops, which is part of the Ministry of National Defense of the republic.

We highly appreciate the assistance of our American allies in strengthening our defense power. Anti-tank weapons donated to Lithuania will become a factor in strengthening deterrence in the Baltic region

- said Defense Minister Arvydas Anushauskas.

The M72 LAW (Light Anti Tank Weapon - light anti-tank weapon) is a one-time light 66-mm grenade launcher designed to destroy armored vehicles, protected buildings and personnel. The upgraded complex has a mass of 3,6 kg, an aiming range of 300 meters, a maximum range of 1400 meters, has the ability to penetrate 300-mm rolled homogeneous steel armor (RHA). Available in several variants, including the M72A8 LAW FFE (Fire From Enclosure) and 72A9 LAW ASM (Anti-Structure Munition).
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  1. xorek
    xorek April 12 2021 12: 25
    -2
    Are they going to kill us with this? Naive Baltic boys bully Everybody hopes .. well well
    1. Keyser soze
      Keyser soze April 12 2021 13: 20
      0
      Are they going to kill us with this?


      Why didn't you like the murder with a grenade launcher? Maybe you want a shovel? laughing
      1. Bolt cutter
        Bolt cutter April 12 2021 14: 39
        +1
        Maybe you want a shovel?
        Vitaly does not take any dust or even a ban yes
        1. Keyser soze
          Keyser soze April 12 2021 16: 11
          0
          Vitaly does not take any dust or even a ban


          He's a legend. Fact. laughing
          1. Vladimir Mashkov
            Vladimir Mashkov April 12 2021 20: 21
            +3
            The Americans are arming the Lithuanian Volkssturm. What for? Are you going to use it?
            1. Pandiurin
              Pandiurin April 13 2021 19: 59
              0
              Quote: Vladimir Mashkov
              The Americans are arming the Lithuanian Volkssturm. What for? Are you going to use it?


              Don't underestimate the psychological effect. Perhaps an aiming range of 300 meters and 300 mm penetration is too optimistic. But it will be much more fun for a Lithuanian to go into battle with an armed ATGM.
              And it looks almost like a toy, of course, because it is high-tech. Again, the wunderwafe is provided with a stronghold of democracy, so omerica will help them ...
              1. Vladimir Mashkov
                Vladimir Mashkov April 13 2021 20: 44
                +1
                Quote: Pandiurin
                Don't underestimate the psychological effect. Perhaps an aiming range of 300 meters and 300 mm penetration is too optimistic. But it will be much more fun for a Lithuanian to go into battle with an armed ATGM.
                And it looks almost like a toy, of course, because it is high-tech. Again, the wunderwafe is provided with a stronghold of democracy, so omerica will help them ...

                Actually, I'm talking about using Volkssturm ... smile
  2. Tagan
    Tagan April 12 2021 12: 25
    +9
    For the DISPOSABLE volunteer formations, the United States handed over a batch of light disposable grenade launchers.
  3. Narak-zempo
    Narak-zempo April 12 2021 12: 36
    0
    Will be practicing rocket jumping laughing
  4. pyagomail.ru
    pyagomail.ru April 12 2021 12: 41
    0
    Apparently, recycling according to American requirements for environmental friendliness, safety, etc. is more expensive than just giving it to your very junior partners.
  5. Vovk
    Vovk April 12 2021 12: 42
    -3
    And where are the comments on this, why is it so weak?
    "... and they will pay with land."
    "... will continue to drive into debt, this is independence in the American way."
    "... Basically, beggars. There is simply nothing to trade for them. They all sold out."
    1. Reviews
      Reviews April 12 2021 20: 41
      +1
      Quote: Vovk
      And where are the comments on this, why is it so weak?
      "... and they will pay with land."
      "... will continue to drive into debt, this is independence in the American way."
      "... Basically, beggars. There is simply nothing to trade for them. They all sold out."

      Well, here you are and rolled out these comments. All the work was done.
  6. Andrei Nikolaevich
    Andrei Nikolaevich April 12 2021 12: 47
    0
    For volunteers, that is, for anyone. Sshshchas! Sprots will come running from all over Europe, to defend their "independence". They just as punitive themselves, ,, showed ,,
    1. mojohed2012
      mojohed2012 April 12 2021 13: 16
      0
      Right. As soon as they see the Tigers and the BTR-82A on the horizon, they will immediately be built for the organized transfer of the territory under the control of the temporary military administrations of the RF Armed Forces.
      And grenade launchers will move to the warehouses of the Russian Federation.
  7. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 April 12 2021 12: 55
    +3
    anti-tank weapons will become a factor in strengthening deterrence in the region
    "Faustpatrony" got the Hitler Youth to dial. But who and from what will they be restrained? It is clear that not Estonians and Latvians. Now the Americans need to throw something up with this, otherwise they will be offended.
    1. xorek
      xorek April 12 2021 13: 23
      +1
      Quote: rotmistr60
      "Faustpatrony" got the Hitler Youth to dial.

      laughing But there are problems with the Hitler Youth, all the young people have fled and do not want to return ..
      The old Russophobes remained, the evil ones are just horror (the descendants of the forest brothers and SS punishers ..) Damn wrongs! negative
  8. gurzuf
    gurzuf April 12 2021 12: 58
    +2
    And now the older Lithuanian brother will present this disposable item to the younger Ukrainian brother.
    1. xorek
      xorek April 12 2021 13: 26
      0
      Quote: gurzuf
      And now the older Lithuanian brother will present this disposable item to the younger Ukrainian brother.

      And not for lard and vodka, but for dollars! The scheme is well-known ..
    2. Andrei Nikolaevich
      Andrei Nikolaevich April 12 2021 13: 29
      +2
      It would be better if something else, one-time, was presented to the Ukrainian brother. So that fools are not produced.
    3. Vladimir61
      Vladimir61 April 12 2021 13: 57
      +2
      Quote: gurzuf
      And now the older Lithuanian brother will present this disposable item to the younger Ukrainian brother.
      No matter how "presented", or rather, not redirected to the outskirts. Yesterday there was a C-130 board from Lithuania to the Outskirts.
  9. Aitvaras
    Aitvaras April 12 2021 13: 05
    -4
    These are volunteer detachments motivated to defend the freedom and independence of their country. Trained in the methods of guerrilla warfare by our NATO allies. Their ancestors fought for the restoration of independent Lithuania in 1918 and several. years after WWII with the troops of the NKVD of the USSR. Most of them are hunters and sportsmen, they keep their own hunting rifles at home. During the exercises, NATO sniper rifles are fired. Modern anti-tank missiles are received by the regular Lithuanian Armed Forces.
    1. Sergey Kulikov_3
      Sergey Kulikov_3 April 12 2021 14: 52
      +2
      Was Lithuania once independent? Or do you think "independence" is the life of a stray dog?
    2. Barberry25
      Barberry25 April 12 2021 20: 00
      0
      the problem is that no one will take the city, and the war after the occupation, so-so.
  10. svp67
    svp67 April 12 2021 13: 14
    0
    Well, the Americans are removing them from service and, of course, are now distributing them in the form of "humanitarian aid." And it turns out that the stocks of RPG-18 and 22 in warehouses have already ended ...
    1. Nestor Vlakhovski
      Nestor Vlakhovski April 12 2021 14: 54
      -1
      Not a single NATO country is removing them from service, moreover, both the US Army and the Marine Corps continue to purchase new modifications of grenade launchers.
      1. svp67
        svp67 April 12 2021 15: 52
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        Quote: Nestor Vlahovski
        Not a single NATO country is removing them from service, moreover, both the US Army and the Marine Corps continue to purchase new modifications of grenade launchers.

        This grenade launcher has already been officially removed from service by the US Army, it was replaced by the M136, but it is still used to a limited extent in the US ILC.
        Also removed from service in Great Britain and replaced by LAW 80
        1. Nestor Vlakhovski
          Nestor Vlakhovski April 12 2021 16: 08
          -1
          The AT4 and LAW 80 are about 3 times heavier and cannot replace the light, compact M72.
          The Brits recklessly refused in the 90s, but already in the 00s, according to the experience of Iraq and Afgan, they returned them back.
          Like in the US Army, here's the relatively fresh news from the very first searches:

          or here
          1. svp67
            svp67 April 12 2021 16: 16
            0
            Quote: Nestor Vlahovski
            https://www.govconwire.com/2020/08/army-seeks-proposals-for-marine-corps-m72-law-ffe-shoulder-fired-rocket-system/

            Thank you for the news and it confirms what I wrote above that this system is still used by the USMC
            1. Nestor Vlakhovski
              Nestor Vlakhovski April 12 2021 16: 24
              -1
              "Continue using" and "Continue developing + purchasing novya" are not the same thing.
              The second link is about the army, where they also do not even plan to abandon the m72, they continue to purchase new ones.
              There is no substitution, decommissioning, or "limited use" either there or there.
  11. uav80
    uav80 April 12 2021 13: 26
    0
    With an average production cost of $ 1000 per piece, - logistics, - rollback, for 10 lyamas they will receive about 5000
  12. Yaro Polk
    Yaro Polk April 12 2021 13: 35
    +2
    So what?
  13. sergo1914
    sergo1914 April 12 2021 13: 48
    +1
    The upgraded complex has a mass of 3,6 kg, an aiming range of 300 meters, a maximum range of 1400 meters, has the ability to penetrate 300-mm rolled homogeneous steel armor (RHA).


    "According to the Deputy Chief of Staff of the US Army for Research, Lieutenant General Donald Keith, the effective firing range, which has been repeatedly tested in practice, did not exceed one hundred meters. , even when firing from the flanks and at the stern (otherwise numerous attempts to replace or modernize the M72 were pointless), the question was not even raised about the penetration of the frontal armor of tanks equipped with dynamic protection - it could not be penetrated not only by the M72, but also by any other NATO grenade launcher in the weight category up to 14 pounds "

    Someone is misleading someone. Or are the volunteers so stubborn that they will crawl 100 meters to the tank? Someone is going to dispose of someone? Or will they shoot from a mile and a half at a moving target?
    1. Nestor Vlakhovski
      Nestor Vlakhovski April 12 2021 14: 46
      -1
      Short range, insufficient armor penetration to combat MBT - exactly the same assessment can be given to almost all other light grenade launchers.
      That is why grenade launchers have long ceased to be considered an anti-tank weapon and occupy the niche of universal "hand artillery".
      It is also worth considering the strategic features of Lithuania, where the main military threat is the highly mobile airborne forces on their self-propelled aluminum coffins, against which these grenade launchers will be like a scourge of God.
      1. Barberry25
        Barberry25 April 12 2021 20: 03
        +1
        well, if someone gives them to have fun ..
        1. Nestor Vlakhovski
          Nestor Vlakhovski April 12 2021 21: 16
          -1
          That is why these grenade launchers are needed, so that the paratroopers know that wherever they poke their heads, danger will await them everywhere. An easy walk will not work.
          1. Barberry25
            Barberry25 April 12 2021 22: 18
            +1
            wink therefore, for any sneeze, they will shoot from a 30 mm cannon ... and teplaki on bmds are now going massively. And I have doubts that they will have time to transfer bats to partisans ... not the scale of the country
            1. Nestor Vlakhovski
              Nestor Vlakhovski April 12 2021 23: 32
              0
              There will not be enough shells to shoot at any sneeze, especially at the Airborne Forces.
              The first teplaki are now just starting to go to BMDshki, and the Lithuanians have had them in large quantities for 20 years already.
              No one is going to run through the forests, now it is customary to rely on the focal defense of settlements and transport hubs.
              1. Barberry25
                Barberry25 April 13 2021 08: 59
                0
                This is what they have for 20 years have teplaki?
    2. danske75
      danske75 April 12 2021 19: 30
      0
      For tanks, there is Karl Gustaf for the same volunteers or Javelina or AT4 for the regulars.
  14. MakStVik
    MakStVik April 12 2021 13: 57
    +2
    Like in a supermarket, when the expiration date expires, discounts appear on the product good
    1. danske75
      danske75 April 12 2021 19: 31
      +1
      100 percent discount. I would take the Lithuanians too :)
  15. Graduate student
    Graduate student April 18 2021 21: 40
    +11
    "For volunteer units"

    Is the USA going to create new Waffenites from the Balts? Oh well... angry