Category Syria

Submunitions in Syria: understanding the threat

As part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness of the threat of UXO in Syria, I have recently designed two information sheets on the two varieties of cluster bomb submunitions identified in Syria to date. These are being published under the auspices of the Responsible Researchers of Munitions & Arms (RRMA), a group of […]

Update: RPG-7 Projectiles in Syria

What is probably an Iranian tandem HEAT projectile. Photo: Lens Young Homsi. In the weeks since I published my first piece on RPG-7 projectiles that have been sighted in Syria, a number of people have responded to my request for further material. As C.J. Chivers notes in this post: “The fairly small circle of competent and […]

Saudi Arabian Army ammunition in Syria

Much has been made of the recent BBC News article featuring an image of a shipping crate marked for delivery to the Royal Saudi Arabian Land Forces (Saudi Arabian Army), found in a Free Syrian Army base in Aleppo, Syria. Whilst the BBC article uses the term ‘Saudi weapons’ in its headline, the crate rather […]

RPG-7 Projectiles in Syria

A variety of RPG-7 projectiles have been observed during the Syrian conflict, originating from a range of countries. As well as PG-7V or similar unitary HEAT projectiles from Russia, Bulgaria, China, and Egypt, a few of the more uncommon examples are as follows: PG-7VR (Russia) The PG-7VR projectile, seen here in Hama, is a Russian-made […]

240mm Heavy Mortars in Syria – a closer examination

N.R. Jenzen-Jones Identifying weapons systems can sometimes be a tricky business. Often, practitioners are forced to make educated guesses, or give ‘best estimates’ to stakeholders. Nonetheless, it is important that any such assessments are characterised accurately any time they are repeated, and the requisite caveats included. One recent incident highlights this pertinently. Some video footage […]