Author Archives: N.R. Jenzen-Jones

[Arabic post] راجمات صواريخ إيرانية “فلق-2” يُعتقد أنها استُخدمت في الهجوم الكيماوي المزعوم في سوريا

This is a translation of an earlier post I wrote about alleged chemical warfare (CW) munitions and their delivery systems. It has been translated into Arabic, and is also available at Brown Moses Arabic. Important: this translation does not include later updates made to the piece, nor information from any previous or subsequent posts.  راجمات صواريخ […]

Update: Alleged CW munitions in Syria

This piece is an update to my two earlier pieces examining the unidentified munitions alleged to have been used in chemical weapons (CW) attacks in Syria. It should be stressed that this is still a preliminary analysis of the photographic and videographic material available. It is still not clear whether these munitions carried a CW payload, nor are their […]

Alleged CW munitions in Syria fired from Iranian Falaq-2 type launchers

Note: this piece is intended as a follow-up to my earlier, preliminary analysis of the unidentified munitions claimed to have been used to deliver chemical agents in Syria. It will repeat a little of the material covered in the earlier piece as it is intended to be translated and made available in Arabic. It should be stressed […]

Preliminary analysis of alleged CW munitions used in Syria

UPDATE: I have posted an update containing several important details.  UPDATE 31/08/2013: A second update including more details is available here. In recent days, the world’s attention has been focused on the alleged chemical weapons (CW) attacks in Syria. This post will seek to examine the alleged delivery system used in these attacks, and provide a preliminary analysis […]

Update II: EF88/F90 assault rifle and grenade launcher(s)

For those who have not been following my articles on the Thales Australia EF88 rifle, you can start here. There is also some additional video of the EF88 and ML40AUS being fired, as well as some high-speed footage of the ML40AUS being fired. In the latest image of the EF88 above, note that the bolt catch release, as […]

Anti-Assad fighters in Syria modify PG-7 projectiles

Anti-Assad fighters from the Mujahid Battalion of the Caucasus Emirate have posted a Russian-language video to their website, outlining how to modify the VP-7M type fuze to disable the self-destruct mechanism present in PG-7 type warheads. Typically, these warheads self-destruct at around the 920m mark. Disabling this feature extends the maximum range of the weapon, though […]

A case study of one cartridge case from today’s protests in Egypt

The image above is of a fired (spent) 7.62×39 cartridge case in the hands of a pro-Morsi protester in Egypt, as photographed by Louisa Loveluck earlier today. The cartridge is marked with the Arabic lettering for ‘A.R.E.’ at the 12 o’clock position, which stands for ‘Arab Republic of Egypt’, as seen on Egyptian ammunition produced from […]

Less-lethal launchers during recent protests in Turkey

Recent crowd control actions executed by Turkish police have showcased the employment of several less-lethal launchers. Aside from a range of medium-calibre riot guns (including 37/38mm Federal Riot Guns, 37/38mm Penn Arms PL-8 rotary launchers, and MKE 40mm launchers)  firing CS, impact, and possibly OC munitions, three other less-lethal launchers have been observed. Each of […]

9K338 Igla-S and other MANPADS in Syria

The image above, a screenshot from a recently uploaded video, appears to show a fully assembled 9K338 Igla-S (NATO reporting name: SA-24 Grinch) in the hands of rebel forces in Syria. The fighters, from the Alasala Watanmia Front, exhibit four different man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS) in the video uploaded on May 30, 2013. From left […]

Identifying and analysing Small Arms Ammunition in Libya

The Small Arms Survey has recently released my latest long form report, examining the variety of Small Arms Ammunition (SAA) observed in Libya during and immediately after the recent conflict. This is the first in a series of baseline assessments of arms and ammunition holdings in Africa and the Middle East that I intend to […]