Category Arms & Munitions ID

9K310 MANPADS captured from rebels in South Sudan

  This post originally appeared at The Hoplite, the ARES company blog.  Seen at the bottom centre in the photo above is a 9K310 Igla-1 (NATO designation: SA-16 Gimlet) man-portable air defence system (MANPADS). The weapons pictured were purportedly captured by soldiers of the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) stationed in South Sudan to protect key […]

Armour-piercing shotgun projectiles fired during protests in Ukraine

New on the Armament Research Services (ARES) company blog, The Hoplite, is a brief report examining armour-piercing (AP) 12 gauge shotgun slugs that have been recently documented in conjunction with protests in Ukraine. The projectiles shown are specialist armour-piercing (AP) 12 gauge shotgun projectiles, believed to be developed and produced by the Spetstekhnika (‘Specialised Equipment’) […]

Thales selects Steyr SL40 grenade launcher for EF88

Thales Australia have announced today that they have selected the Steyr SL40 grenade launcher to be paired with their EF88 assault rifle, which is being offered to the Australian Defence Forces under Defence’s LAND 125 Phase 3C program. The EF88 was originally offered with the Madritsch Weapon Technology ML40AUS grenade launcher, however a source close to […]

SAR 80 rifle and 5.56 x 45 ammunition in the Central African Republic

In the photo above, anti-Balaka militia forces near Bouar in the Central African Republic (CAR) can be seen posing with some of their weapons. The fighter at the far right is holding  what is likely a Chinese Type 56 assault rifle, whilst his compatriot in yellow is holding a Singaporean SAR 80 rifle. The SAR […]

Markings abraded on Iranian rifles in Gaza

The picture above shows what is likely an Iranian-produced copy of the Steyr HS .50 anti-materiel rifle (AMR) in the hands of a fighter from Hamas’ al-Qassam Brigades, in Gaza. The Iranian copy of the HS .50 is known as the ‘AM50’, and appears to incorporate a handful of minor changes. Several such AMRs have […]

Small-calibre ammunition in Libya: an update

The Small Arms Survey has just released my latest report examining the small-calibre ammunition. Written as an update to my earlier, longer-format report on small-calibre ammo in Libya, this piece examines some new headstamps documented in the country, as well as looking at proliferation out of Libya. Small-calibre ammunition has proliferated out of Libya to […]

Milkor MGL Mk. 1 in the Central African Republic

A quick post to point out what appears to be a Milkor MGL Mk.1 grenade launcher, seen here in the hands of Séléka fighters near Bangui, in the Central African Republic (CAR). The Milkor MGL is a South African six-shot rotary grenade launcher, designed by Andries Piek of Milkor (Pty) Ltd. and introduced into service with […]