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New writing at The Hoplite (ARES company blog)

I have received several queries lately , asking if I will be writing on this blog further. At the present time, I do not have any plans to do so. I am continuing to author material at Armament Research Services’ company blog The Hoplite, where my work is featured alongside some very talented authors. Recent posts […]

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Two New Publications: Small Arms Survey reports

The Small Arms Survey, a Geneva-based research organisation, has recently released two new reports I have worked on. The first, Research Note 43: Producers of Small Arms, Light Weapons, & Ammunition, examines the producers of small arms and light weapons and ammunition worldwide. The brief information sheet identifies 30 states which comprise some of the world’s major […]

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Improvised use of S-5 rockets in land warfare

Yuri Lyamin and I have authored the first ARES Research Report, “Improvised Employment of S-5 Air-to-Surface Rockets in Land Warfare”, which aims to provide a brief history and technical appraisal of a battlefield phenomenon which has received little attention to date. Below are some extracts from the publication, which can be read in full here […]

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Did Chinese HJ-8E ATGWs in Syria Originate in Sudan?

In recent months, Chinese HJ-8E anti-tank guided weapons (ATGWs) have been documented in the hands of anti-government fighters in Syria. The HJ-8 (Hong Jian-8, or “Red Arrow-8”) is a second generation ATGW, operating on the semi-automatic command to line-of-sight (SACLOS) principle. Use of the HJ-8 requires that the operator continually keep the target  in the […]

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Sakr 122mm Cargo Rockets & Submunitions in Syria

Recently, Sakr 122mm cargo rockets and their submunitions have been observed within Syria. This family of 122mm rockets is designed for use with the Russian BM-21 multiple rocket launcher (the so-called ‘Grad’, or ‘hail’) and other 122mm systems such as the Chinese Type 81 SPRL and Egyptian RL-21 and RC-21 launch vehicles. These surface-to-surface multiple […]

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ZAB-100-105 Incendiary Bombs in Syria

In recent weeks, incendiary weapons have been used with increasing frequency in the Syrian conflict. Aside from ZAB-2.5 incendiary submunitions, and white phosphorus (WP) projectiles, ZAB-100-105 incendiary free-fall bombs have also been observed within Syria. ZAB-100-105 incendiary bomb, as seen by Human Rights Watch in Syria. Note that the bomb casing has been cut open, […]

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Update: KRISS SYSTEMS (K10, KARD, Sphinx SDP Compact)

By N.R. Jenzen-Jones Some of the information in this update was provided by a KRISS SYSTEMS spokesperson, in response to my queries. The KRISS K10, discussed briefly in my earlier piece here, represents the evolution of the KRISS Vector SMG. The K10 will be designed as a multi-calibre platform, supporting .45 ACP, 9x19mm NATO and […]