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Arms Trade Bulletin August – October 2021

BOOK REVIEW

The Palgrave Handbook of Small Arms and Conflicts in Africa (2021)

(https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030621827)

Peter Danssaert

The Palgrave Handbook of Small Arms and Conflicts in Africa addresses the internal and external factors that influence the proliferation and regulation of small arms in Africa. The Handbook is divided into 46 chapters and counts 1,000+ pages. Refreshingly the authors are Africans, the majority Nigerians linked to the Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA) and/or the Nigerian Armed Forces. Despite its flaws the book is a must have for anyone interested in small arms proliferation in Africa. There is a lot of useful information in here.

The book does, however, need some careful editing. For instance, most chapters have a section defining small arms. A chapter exclusively devoted to defining small arms would have been sufficient, and avoided unnecessary repetition.

Mistakes and inconsistencies could have been edited out: Chapter 8 situates the Treaty of Berlin in the 20thcentury instead of the 19th century. Chapter 3 provides several definitions for small arms, and finally excluding for example knives (p.44). But on page 55 of Chapter 3 it is said: “The genocide was executed using basic small arms such as knives, machetes and cudgels…”.

Missing in the index are entries one would have expected for such a study for instance on small arms brokering, the misuse of small arms for gross human rights violations, and how the rule of law principles apply to the trade, covert (small arms supply) operations, transit and transhipment of small arms, licensed production, police training in the use of small arms. Chapters on those would have been helpful. The local craft industry for small arms is discussed briefly, but even less so industrial production in Africa. Although “local arms production” is to be found in the index it is scattered here and there on just 4 pages and a table in a 1,000+ page book. That is a missed opportunity.

We learn that several African states have tried to establish a domestic manufacturing capability for small arms & light weapons, and associated ammunition. Some of the countries that come to mind are for instance South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, Ethiopia and Tanzania. Most importantly several of these countries had ambitions to supply small arms ammunition to other countries in Africa.

One example is the Kenya Ordnance Factories Corporation. Tanzania wanted the same. In 2005 the Walloon government had to annul the export licence for the transfer of ammunition manufacturing technology, under pressure from the Belgian government and public opinion, when IPIS obtained a document highlighting the ambitious plans of the Tanzanian government for the Mzinga Corporation.

Other important aspects of the small arms problem are only touched on fleetingly, providing readers with insufficient understanding of the problem. For example, according to the author of chapter 23, state-sponsored militia are prevalent in Africa, but the subject is discussed in just two paragraphs.

The Arms Trade Treaty is a new legal framework should have merited a chapter of explanation, yet it is discussed in passing, here and there, in a few paragraphs. For instance the authors fail to provide even the most elementary details about the engagement of African states with the ATT. Surely it is significant that the Africa group of states were very vocal supporters of the ATT in the UN process and most voted in favour of the ATT text in 2013 yet, for instance in August 2020, only half of all African States have ratified the Treaty: 28 African countries are State Parties to the treaty, 12 African countries have signed but not ratified the treaty, and 14 African countries have not joined the Treaty. Out of the 28 African State Parties only 14 had submitted an initial report to the ATT Secretariat, of which 6 were made public, and 8 were non-public.

The reader of the book will encounter some inconsistent statistics about small arms in Africa. What these demonstrate is a lack of empirically verifiable data on firearms trafficking and possession in Africa. The capacity problems of many states to generate reliable data should have been made more explicit, and statistical claims treated with caution. Let’s start with how many small arms there are in the world. The author of chapter 12 calls it the numbers game, but falls into the same trap. The Small Arms Survey in a 2017 publication gives an estimate of 1 billion (1,000,000,000) small arms globally. But, the author of chapter 12 asserts that in 2013 there were 1 trillion ( 1,000,000,000,000) small arms and light weapons in the world. That would amount to 142 SALW per person in the world ! The source for that 1 trillion is a 2013 book unrelated to the subject matter at hand: “An Introduction to the Modern Gulf of Guinea: People, History, Political Economy & Strategic Future“.

This is not the only inflated total. The author of chapter 23 claims that West Africa alone has 500 million illicit weapons, of which 350 million are in Nigeria. The 2016 newspaper article used as source for this claim refers to the director of the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) as primary source. Those figures were presented by the director at the 2016 National Consultation on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) meeting held in Abuja, and organised by the Agency and Presidential Committee on Smalls Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM). The same figures were recently regurgitated in the Nigerian parliament. (See this 2021 article (https://tribuneonlineng.com/insecurity-70-per-cent-of-illegal-weapons-in-west-africa-domiciled-in-nigeria-%E2%80%95-unrec/.)

Those totals for West Africa and Nigeria were criticised in a publication by the Centre for Democracy and Development quoting the Chairman of PRESCOM, Ambassador Emmanuel Imohe, who stated “that the (UNREC) report allegedly exaggerated figures … according to him such statistics would only be tenable if household farming items such as cutlasses and gardening hoes are counted amongst SALW”. (1)

The Nigerian NGO International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (2) was less polite and bluntly stated: “This is not only alarmingly false, but also demographically and statistically untenable, incorrect, unscientific; guess work, contentious, unverifiable and socially disastrous.” The more colourful language has been omitted.

One could also compare the chapter author’s claim of 500 million illegal weapons in West Africa with the estimate put forward by UNODC and OECD of 10 million illegal small arms in West Africa, of which 70% were estimated to be in Nigeria amongst others (3) (4).

Other chapter authors (e.g. chapters 11, 26, 28, 30) use the UNODC figures.

From the book it is clear that to effectively address the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Africa a significant increase in the investment of resources, political will and international cooperation is required. Not only from the importing or transit states, but also from exporting states. To facilitate effective international cooperation and assistance, national regulations should be consistent with the Arms Trade Treaty and other relevant international and regional instruments. (5)

(1) Strategic stakeholders on the proliferation of smal arms and light weapons (SALW) in Nigeria and their impact on national and regional security (Centre for Democracy and Development)

(2) UNREC report of 350m illicit weapons in Nigeria false (Intersociety)

(3) From arms transfer to firearms trafficking: application of the firearms protocol in context of diversion ; Nigeria and Sub-Saharan perspective (UNODC)

(4) OECD (2018), “Criminal economies and illicit financial flows in West Africa“, in Illicit Financial Flows: The Economy of Illicit Trade in West Africa, OECD Publishing, Paris, https://doi.org/10.1787/9789264268418-7-en.

(5) See also Wood B., Danssaert P. (forthcoming May 2021). “Africa – Armed Violence and the Illicit Arms Trade”. In Esparza D., Ricart C., Vargas E. (eds.) Gun Trafficking and Violence. From The Global Network to The Local Security Challenge. Palgrave: London. (https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030656355)


GENERAL

Rapid Spread of Small Arms, Light Weapons Still Threatening World Peace, Exacerbating Plight of Civilians in Conflict Zones, Disarmament Chief Tells Security Council | 7 October 2021 | UN Security Council | ReliefWeb

Small arms and light weapons – Report of the Secretary-General (S/2021/839) | 6 October 2021 | UN Security Council | ReliefWeb

The proliferation and stockpiling of illicit weapons continue to threaten international peace and security, exacerbating the plight of civilians in strife-torn countries worldwide, the senior United Nations disarmament official told the Security Council today.

The threat posed by illicit flows of small arms and light weapons | 6 October 2021 | UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Statement by Ambassador James Roscoe at the Security Council briefing on peace operations.

Disarmament chief says small arms remain threat to peace and security | 6 October 2021 | UN News

The High Representative for Disarmament Affairs told the Security Council on Wednesday that Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW), in the context of peacekeeping operations, are a “threat” that can “exacerbate conflict, render arms embargoes ineffective, endanger ‘blue helmets’, humanitarian workers and local populations, and complicate peace agreements.”

Applying arms-control frameworks to autonomous weapons | 5 October 2021 | Brookings

Mankind’s earliest weapons date back 400,000 years—simple wooden spears discovered in Schöningen, Germany. By 48,000 years ago, humans were making bows and arrows, then graduating to swords of bronze and iron. The age of gunpowder brought flintlock muskets, cannons, and Gatling guns. In modern times, humans built Panzer tanks, the F-16 Fighting Falcon, and nuclear weapons capable of vaporizing cities.

Autonomous weapons: The ICRC recommends adopting new rules | 3 August 2021 | ICRC | ReliefWeb

The ICRC recommends that states adopt new, legally binding rules to regulate autonomous weapon systems to ensure that sufficient human control and judgement is retained in the use of force. It is the ICRC’s view that this will require prohibiting certain types of autonomous weapon systems and strictly regulating all others.

IHL/IHR

U.N. ends Yemen war crimes probe in defeat for Western states | 8 October 2021 | Reuters

Bahrain, Russia and other members of the U.N. Human Rights Council pushed through a vote on Thursday to shut down the body’s war crimes investigations in Yemen, in a stinging defeat for Western states who sought to keep the mission going.

All Parties to the Conflict in Libya, including Third States, Foreign Fighters and Mercenaries, Have Violated International Humanitarian Law, and Some Have Also Committed War Crimes, Chair of Fact-finding Mission on Libya Tells Human Rights Council | 7 October 2021 | UNHRC | ReliefWeb

Mohamed Auajjar, Chair of the Independent International Fact-finding Mission on Libya, this morning told the Human Rights Council that the Mission’s investigations had established that all parties to the conflict in Libya since 2016, including third States, foreign fighters and mercenaries, have violated international humanitarian law, in particular the principles of proportionality and distinction, and some have also committed war crimes.

Prosecutor De-Prioritizes ICC Investigation of US Torture Program | 1 October 2021 | Opinio Juris

On September 27, 2021, the new International Criminal Court (“ICC”) Prosecutor, Karim Khan, announced that the Office of the Prosecutor was seeking authorization to resume investigation in the ICC’s Afghanistan situation. He also announced that his office would focus the Afghanistan investigation on crimes committed by the Taliban and Islamic State-Khorasan Province (“IS-K”).

A Tragedy Without Justice: Human Rights in Yemen in 2020 | 30 September 2021 | Mwatana | ReliefWeb

The war in Yemen is entering its seventh year. Throughout the conflict, devastation, destruction, division, horrific violations and deepening social rifts have created an almost complete separation between Yemeni men and women and their inherent rights to life, dignity and freedom, while the country experiences the most severe man-made humanitarian disaster.

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar (A/76/314) | 30 September 2021 | UNGA | ReliefWeb

The present report details human rights violations in Myanmar following the military coup against the civilian-led Government on 1 February 2021. Its focus is on the murders, torture and detention of human rights defenders, journalists, civil society members and people from all walks of life who have opposed the junta. It provides information on the junta’s indiscriminate bombing and shelling of towns and villages, attacks against health-care workers during a pandemic, and the dismantling of civil and political rights including freedom of expression and association, the right to privacy, access to justice and a free press.

Towards a New Treaty on Crimes Against Humanity: Next Steps | 13 September 2021 | Just Security

This article is the first of a series on a proposed Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Humanity, due to be considered in discussions resuming Oct. 8 in the Sixth Committee, the U.N. General Assembly’s primary forum for discussion of legal questions. Find links to further installments in the series at the bottom here, as they are published.

Situation of human rights in Yemen, including violations and abuses since September 2014 – Report of the Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen (A/HRC/48/20) (Advance unedited version) | 10 September | UNHCR | ReliefWeb

The Yemen conflict moves into its seventh year against the backdrop of an intolerable lack of political will towards its peaceful resolution, With Yemen experiencing an unparalleled humanitarian crisis, the Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts regrets that the conflicting parties continue to engage in serious violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, and that third States continue to provide arms and military support to parties to the conflict, with little regard for the immense suffering caused to the people of Yemen.

Strengthening the rule of law in time of war: An IHL perspective on the present and future of the Articles on State Responsibility | 6 August | EJIL: Talk!

International humanitarian law is one of the oldest areas of international law. As such, it was unsurprisingly a key source for the International Law Commission in its work on the Draft Articles on Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts (hereafter ‘Articles’). This is apparent, among other things, from the frequent references to IHL in Special Rapporteur Crawford’s First and Second reports or in the final text of the Articles with commentaries.

Crimes de guerre, crimes contre l’humanité au Yémen : faire cesser le scandale des transferts d’armes du gouvernement français | 1 August | ASER

Malgré la quasi absence d’information en France sur cette guerre occultée par de nombreux médias français, la situation ne fait qu’empirer pour la population yéménite. Mark Lowcock, ancien Secrétaire général adjoint des Nations Unies aux affaires humanitaires, parlait de millions de personnes au bord de la famine que la crise du Covid-19 ne fait qu’aggraver.

UN ARMS TRADE TREATY

ATT Members Highlight Small Arms, Light Weapons | October 2021 | Arms Control Today

Small arms and light weapons and stockpile management were focuses of the recent annual conference of states-parties to the Arms Trade Treaty as organizers tried to draw attention to the human harm caused by the trade and misuse of conventional weapons.

Senators Moran, Marshall Request Clarification Regarding Administration’s Intent to Open Second Amendment Rights to International Regulation | 28 September 2021 | moran.senate.gov

U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-Kan.) led 34 of their Senate colleagues in requesting clarification on the Biden administration’s intention to open U.S. Second Amendment rights to international oversight by rejoining the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), an international agreement that would regulate trade in firearms, infringing on Americans’ Constitutional rights.

Seventh Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (CSP7) | 30 August – 03 September 2021 | ATT Secretariat

DRAFT CSP7 Final Report | 3 September 2021 | ATT Secretariat

The official documents for CSP7 will be posted on this webpage as and when they are finalised.

Senate foreign relations committee OKs Arms Trade Treaty | 3 September 2021 | ABS-CBN (Philippines)

Despite apprehensions raised by some senators and stakeholders, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations still gave its nod to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on Thursday.

Stop arms sales to ‘non-state actors’, China urges UN treaty partners, in likely rebuke of US | 1 September 2021 | South China Morning Post

China has called for increased vigilance against illicit arms transfers and – in an apparent reference to the US – urged all parties to a global arms trade treaty to stop selling weapons to “non-state actors”.

Biden aims to sign on to UN’s global gun registration treaty | 1 September 2021 | Washington Examiner

Statement made by Biden administration | 30 August 2021 | United States Department of State

The Biden administration this week signaled that it is eyeing a United Nations small arms treaty that critics claim will lead to an international gun registration plan — including for individual American gun owners.

Septième conférence des États parties au traité sur le commerce des armes | 30 August 2021 | ASER

Ce lundi 30 aout 2021 s’ouvre la septième conférence des États parties au traité sur le commerce des armes des Nations Unies (TCA) qui rassemble 110 États à Genève, Suisse. Elle est présidée par l’ambassadeur de Sierra Leone H. E. Lansana Gberie qui a choisi de mettre en priorité la régulation des transferts et la lutte contre le trafic des armes légères et de petits calibres (ALPC) ainsi que la prévention des risques de détournement des armes classiques dont les ALPC.

AFRICA

Nigeria confirmed to be operating Type 89 IFVs | 28 October 2021 | DefenceWeb

The Nigerian Army is confirmed to be operating Type 89 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) acquired from China’s Norinco, months after they were first rumoured to be delivered.

Big export order of non-military ammunition for Denel PMP | 27 October 2021 | DefenceWeb

Close to a year of facilitating and negotiating is now at a successful conclusion with two containers of South African sports ammunition loaded and ready for shipment to the US.

Milkor to open new office in Saudi Arabia | 26 October 2021 | DefenceWeb

As it continues to grow and expand its presence around the globe, aerospace and defence company Milkor is opening its third international office, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), which will greatly strengthen its positioning in the Saudi Arabian defence sector.

Isotrex Phantom 2 APCs of Rwanda National Police deployed in Mozambique | 25 October 2021 | ArmyRecognition

The second batch of 160 Rwanda National Police (RNP) officers left on July 10, 2021, to Mozambique. They were part of the 1,000 military and police contingent pledged by the Government of Rwanda at the request of the Government of Mozambique, to support the country’s operations against insecurity and terrorism in the affected region of Cabo Delgado.

Uganda army to induct local Chui new infantry fighting vehicles | 19 October 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to Guy Martin in Defence Web, The Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) has commissioned the locally manufactured Chui (Leopard) infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), which is based on Twiga’s recently launched Nyati but incorporating elements required by the Land Forces of the UPDF. The Chui was commissioned by President Yoweri Museveni, Commander-in-Chief of the UPDF, during a function at State House in Entebbe on 18 October.

Federal Government to spend N44.64bn on military equipment, arms, ammunition | 11 October 2021 | Punch (Nigeria)

A total of N44.64bn has been earmarked in the 2022 Appropriation Bill for military equipment, arms and ammunition. According to the breakdown of the bill presented to the National Assembly by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari(retd.) last week, the Ministry of Defence will purchase defence equipment for N 218,041, 734…

Kenya Hosts First Meeting On Threats Of Small Arms | 8 October 2021 | KenyaNews

Kenya has called for the strengthening of the capacity of United Nations missions and governments in weapons and ammunition management to prevent diversion and illicit trade in small arms and light weapons.

Super Tucano proving to be the gold standard light attack and ISR aircraft in Africa | 7 October 2021 | DefenceWeb

Embraer’s A-29 Super Tucano continues to accumulate orders in Africa, capturing a large share of the light attack and manned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) market.

Small but dangerous: Light weapons fuel conflict in Africa | 7 October 2021 | The East African

Africa’s wars and conflicts could be easier to deal with if countries tightened controls on the circulation of small and light weapons, Kenya has said.

Nigerian Army may have acquired more CS/VP3 APCs and Type 89 IFVs from China | 29 September 2021 | DefenceWeb

The Nigerian Army may have acquired 100 additional CS/VP3 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) from China’s Poly Technologies and Type 89 tracked infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) from Norinco.

How Non-State Actors Smuggle Small Arms, Light Weapons Into Nigeria | 28 September 2021 | Nigerian Tribune

Security experts drawn from various security agencies in Nigeria on Monday raised alarm over the activities of scrap metal scavengers who use the metals for the production of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED).

Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff has visited Proforce armored vehicles manufacturer | 28 September 2021 | ArmyRecognition

The visit of Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff to Proforce’s Facility on 22nd September 2021 is an endorsement of the Proforce Brand especially for the use of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the ongoing onslaught on criminals and criminal elements in the country. The Proforce’s Armoured vehicles are tailored-made for clients and are battle tested both in Nigeria, Chad and other parts of Africa.

Fabrications Militaires. Livraison de (670) véhicules multifonctions de marque Mercedes-Benz | 27 September 2021 | Ministère de la Défense Nationale Algérienne

Dans le cadre de la satisfaction des besoins des structures du Ministère de la Défense Nationale et des différentes entreprises nationales, publiques et privées, et sous la supervision directe de la Direction des Fabrications Militaires du Ministère de la Défense Nationale, il a été procédé, ce lundi 27 septembre2021 à Tiaret en 2ème Région Militaire, à la livraison de (670) véhicules de marque Mercedes-Benz…

Convicted war crimes arms dealer living in the Cape bid not to be extradited to the Netherlands is dismissed| 23 September 2021 | IOL

An appeal by convicted war crimes arms dealer Guus Kouwenhoven to the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa not to be extradited to the Netherlands has been dismissed and he could face his sentence there.

Effective control of illegal weapons | 22 September 2021 | Punch (Nigeria)

The recent transmission by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), of two executive bills to the National Assembly to control arms proliferation and regulate the importation of explosives into the country appears in order. But deeper scrutiny exposes the regime’s tactless approach and the helplessness of security forces in curbing arms smuggling into Nigeria. The biggest problem is that in many parts of the country, the Nigerian state has lost its monopoly on the use of force.

Funding stalls DICON partnership on local arms production | 20 September 2021 | The Nation (Nigeria)

Paucity of funds has stalled the partnership between the Defence Industry Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) and the National Metallurgical Development Corporation (NMDC) on the local production of arms and ammunition.

Sudanese authorities confiscate a shipment of weapons smuggled from Libya | 18 September 2021 | The Libya Observer

The Sudanese Rapid Support Forces (RSF) announced that they had foiled an attempt to smuggle a shipment of weapons and explosives and arrested four individuals, amongst them foreigners, from a gang involved in illegal arms trade with Libya.

Marchés des équipements militaires : Du lourd se prépare | 15 September 2021 | MaliWeb

Les marchés du ministère de la Défense et des Anciens Combattants (Mdac), connus sous le nom d’équipements militaires, connaissent un rebondissement avec l’interpellation de plusieurs opérateurs économiques, personnalités civiles et militaires. Samedi dernier, trois fournisseurs en lien avec cette affaire ont été placés sous mandat de dépôt.

Buhari Sends Bills On Arms Control, Explosives To NASS | 15 September 2021 | The Will (Nigeria)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday transmitted two executive bills on the proliferation of arms and explosives to the Senate. The president is seeking to control the proliferation of arms as well as regulate the importation of explosives into the country.

Industry working to address NCACC challenges | 9 September 2021 | DefenceWeb

The South African defence industry is working to address challenges in exporting defence equipment with the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC), including R3.7 billion in backlogged exports to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Inside the figures for gun-related deaths in South Africa | 8 September 2021 | EWN

South Africans have in recent months debated changes proposed by the Police Ministry to the country’s main firearms law.

From Friend To Foe: Ethiopia’s Chinese AR2 MRLs | 3 September 2021 | Oryx

The 2010s were a time of significant upheaval for the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF). Within less than a decade, ageing weaponry dating from the Cold War period was progressively retired (or in some cases upgraded) and replaced by more modern equipment. While in some cases this merely replaced legacy systems, the ENDF also sought to introduce entirely new capabilities through the acquisition of large-calibre multiple rocket launchers, guided rockets and short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs).

France playing significant part in enforcing Libya arms embargo | 2 September 2021 | French Ministry for the Armed Forces | French Embassy in U.K.

Monitoring the embargo on arms deliveries to Libya was the focus of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions 1970 and 2292. Their implementation is collectively guaranteed within the European Union (EU), and France plays a significant part in this. On 1 April 2020, given the deteriorating situation in Libya and the risks of the conflict spreading, the EU launched Operation EUNAVFOR MED IRINI, whose mandate is focused on implementing the embargo on arms to Libya voted on by the UNSC.

Made In China: Ethiopia’s Fleet Of Chinese UAVs | 2 September 2021 | Oryx

In addition to operating a number of UAVs sourced from Israel and even Iran, at least one more country has delivered unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Ethiopia in recent years. This country is of course China, whose readily available and inexpensive UAVs have meanwhile conquered large parts of Africa. Interestingly, these more often than not have consisted of commercial models utilised for a wide variety of military and civilian tasks rather than types specifically designed for military service.

Nigerian Navy received two Damen patrol vessels, multiple additional vessels on order | 1 September 2021 | DefenceWeb

As it continues with fleet expansion, the Nigerian Navy earlier this year received two patrol vessels from Damen and is acquiring two more offshore patrol vessels as well as fast patrol craft from China.

Super Tucano officially inducted into Nigerian Air Force | 1 September 2021 | DefenceWeb

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has officially inducted into service the first six of 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft on order from the United States. US Department of Defence officials took part in the ceremony in Abuja on 31 August along with Nigerian Minister of Defence Bashir Salihi Magashi.

Investigations into Denel corruption and wrongdoing slowly progressing | 31 August 2021 | DefenceWeb

Denel is moving forward with nearly a dozen investigations into criminal matters at the company concerning dubious contracts, intellectual property theft and suspect loan extensions.

Tchad : 1309 armes de différents calibres saisies par la commission mixte | 31 August 2021 | Alwihda Info

La commission mixte de sécurité a présenté mardi à N’Djamena, un premier bilan de ses opérations sur l’ensemble du territoire national.

Backlog of NCACC approvals for two Gulf States | 31 August 2021 | DefenceWeb

The South African defence industry is deeply dependent on exports to the Gulf Region but exports to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) remain problematic, with R3.7 billion in backlogged exports.

Time the NCACC is treated as the “crucial entity” it should be | 30 August 2021 | DefenceWeb

The National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) is seen by at least one respected military analyst and observer as “a crucial entity whose decisions have serious ramifications” in three areas.

Chad army unveils new armored vehicles | 30 August 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to Defence Web, several new armored vehicles were unveiled by Chad’s army during a parade in the capital N’Djamena earlier this month to celebrate the African country’s 61 years of independence.

Customs Debunks Allegation Of Arms Smuggling Through Ogun Border | 28 August 2021 | Leadership (Nigeria)

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun Area 1 Command on Friday, debunked allegation of aiding proliferation of arms and ammunition into the country through the borders in the state.

No proof of violations of SA arms export regulations in Mozambique, says NCACC | 28 August 2021 | IOL

The National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) says there was no violation of its laws and regulations in the insurgent fights happening in Cabo Delgado province, in northern parts of Mozambique.

Judge ridicules claim that Guus Kouwenhoven’s arrest was ‘undignified’, saying Dutch war criminal even showed cops around his five-storey home | 27 August 2021 | Daily Maverick

Guus Kouwenhoven was dealt a legal blow in December when a Western Cape High Court ruling exposed the Dutch war criminal to possible extradition, but he has now taken his fight against several actions carried out against him in South Africa to an even higher court.

Nigeria turns Toyota Land Cruisers into armored personnel carriers | 27 August 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to ChannelsTV, the Kebbi state government of Nigeria said it has locally fabricated armoured personnel carriers for the military as part of efforts to fight banditry in the state. According to a statement signed by the government spokesperson, Yahaya Sarki, the vehicles would help provide appropriate transport to security services for combat operations.

Contours of Russia’s creeping expansionism in Africa | 26 August 2021 | Observer Research Foundation

It is becoming increasingly clear that Russia is striving to re-establish its erstwhile pre-eminence in contemporary international relations by challenging the rules-based international liberal order and joining the centre stage of world politics that is currently dominated by the US and China. The post-Soviet Russia gradually began to reassert its power in world politics during the second decade of this century.

Nigeria signs military cooperation agreement with Russia | 26 August 2021 | DefenceWeb

Nigeria To Buy Military Hardware From Russia | 30 August 2021 | Eurasia Review

Nigeria and Russia have signed a military cooperation deal providing a legal framework for the supply of equipment and the training of troops, the Nigerian embassy in Moscow said on Wednesday.

Turkey donates over 73,000 army uniforms to South Sudan | 26 August 2021 | Daily Sabah

The Turkish government is donating more than 73,000 army uniforms to South Sudan to help encourage stability during the nation’s transitional period, said the Turkish envoy to the country, Erdem Mutaf, on Wednesday.

Cameroon alone can’t stop illicit arms flooding into the country | 26 August 2021 | ISS

The proliferation of illegal arms in Cameroon increases violence and insecurity in a country already grappling with violent extremist attacks and a separatist conflict. The African Union Commission’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council estimates at least 120,000 small arms and light weapons in illegal circulation in Cameroon, including revolvers, pistols, rifles, assault rifles and machine guns. However the government has granted only 3,800 authorisations to carry small calibre ammunition, according to data provided by Paul Atanga Nji, Minister of Territorial Administration.

Moscou chiffre la part de l’Afrique dans ses exportations d’armes | 26 August 2021 | Sputnik

Le Service fédéral russe pour la coopération militaire et technique a listé les armes et matériel de guerre russes les plus demandés en Afrique. Selon lui, ce continent représente au moins 30% des exportations nationales dans ce domaine.

Après les engagements pris par le GATIA : Les USA doivent débloquer en Espagne le CASA C-295 de l’Armée malienne | 26 August 2021 | MaliWeb

Les autorités maliennes ont acheté un avion de transport militaire, un CASA C-295 avec le constructeur européen Airbus qui, est malheureusement bloqué en Espagne sur l’ordre des USA.

Affaire de l’avion présidentiel: la justice malienne veut un procès | 25 August 2021 | Yahoo

Dossier de l’aéronef présidentiel et des équipements militaires : Le magistrat Chérif Koné met en garde contre « l’instrumentalisation » de la justice | 30 August 2021 | MaliWeb

Affaire des équipements militaires : Les soutiens de SBM dénoncent ‘’la politisation’’ du dossier | 3 September 2021 | MaliWeb

Au Mali, l’affaire de l’avion présidentiel et des contrats d’équipements militaires, classée sans suite en 2018, est relancée. Ministres, conseillers du président et hommes d’affaires avaient été mis en cause.

Turkey donates more Kirpi APCs to Somalia | 24 August 2021 | DefenceWeb

Turkey has donated another eight Kirpi armoured personnel carriers to Somalia along with 14 Aktan military trucks.

Lutte contre la prolifération des armes légères : Nara, Aourou et Ambidedi au cœur d’une vaste campagne de sensibilisation | 24 August 2021 | MaliWeb

En décidant de promulguer récemment une nouvelle loi sur les armes au Mali, les autorités actuelles du pays ont consenti des efforts pour renforcer le cadre normatif et institutionnel de lutte contre la prolifération des armes légères et de petits calibres, leurs munitions et matériels connexes. Sans oublier la lutte anti-mine.

Le Maroc se lance officiellement dans la fabrication d’armes, d’équipements militaires | 23 August 2021 | PanoraPost

Industrie militaire au Maroc: les détails du décret d’application publié au dernier Bulletin officiel | 17 August 2021 | le360

Le Maroc se lance officiellement dans la fabrication d’armes, d’équipements militaires et de sécurité avec la technologie américaine.

Raytheon receives $200 million order for Moroccan F-16 engines | 3 August 2021 | DefenceWeb

Raytheon has been awarded a $212 million contract for F100-PW-229 engines for Royal Moroccan Air Force F-16 fighters.

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USA delivers 20 Textron M1117 Guardian ASV Armored Security Vehicles to Colombian Army | 28 October 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to Military Leak, the Colombian Army has received 20 Textron M1117 Guardian 4×4 armored vehicles, donated by the USA. This marks the first batch of a total of 145 GUARDIANs to have been declared as US Army surplus and earmarked for Colombia, 39 initially, used by the Army.

Prosecuting Project Raven: A New Frontier for Export Control Enforcement | 20 October 2021 | Morrison & Foerster LLP | Lawfare

On Sept. 14, the Department of Justice announced an unprecedented resolution of criminal charges against three former U.S. military and intelligence members for conspiring to conduct computer network exploitation operations (hacking) on behalf of a foreign government, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The defendants began as contractors providing cyber services to the UAE through a U.S. company, services that included offensive intelligence collection operations. They continued working on the project after a UAE company took control and ultimately provided UAE intelligence services with the ability to access smartphones and mobile devices remotely using “zero-click” exploits.

Why the U.S. Military is Required to Buy American-Made Firearms | 18 October 2021 | The National Interest

Both the Union and Confederate armies utilized large numbers of the British-made Enfield Pattern 1853 rifle-musket during the Civil War. In fact, it was the second most common infantry weapon in the war, surpassed only by the Springfield Model 1861 rifled-musket. It marked the only time in U.S. military history that a large number of American soldiers had to rely on a foreign-made weapon.

Weapons Trafficking Rife on Mexico’s Social Media | 12 October 2021 | Insight Crime

Arms traffickers in Mexico continue to sell their wares on social media networks that offer them visibility and anonymity and in complete defiance of measures taken to stop them.

Ecuador provee armamento a subversivos y narcos | 9 October 2021 | Noticias Equinoccio

Ecuador ha vuelto a convertirse en el principal proveedor de armamento, precursores químicos Y explosivos para los grupos subversivos y narcotraficantes de Colombia.

Joint Statement: U.S.-Mexico High-Level Security Dialogue | 8 October 2021 | The White House

As two nations with an enduring partnership based on sovereignty, mutual respect, and the extraordinary bond of family and friendship, the United States and Mexico need and want to face security challenges together. Both countries have suffered the effects on our communities of substance addiction, gun violence, illicit drug, arms, and human trafficking, human smuggling, and organized crime.

USA provides 20 Jeeps for Tajikistan Special Forces | 6 October 2021 | ArmyRecognition

On October 5, 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe, provided 20 Jeeps (unspecified Wrangler model) to Tajikistan’s Ministry of Defense to help Tajikistan secure its borders. The vehicles, which are valued at $1.4 million, will enable the special forces under Tajikistan’s Ministry of Defense to conduct operations in the uneven terrain of the border regions.

Kongsberg to deliver RS6 Remote Weapon Systems for US Marines MADIS program | 6 October 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to information released on October 5, 2021, the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) has awarded a production contract to Kongsberg Protech Systems USA to deliver RS6 Remote Weapon Systems (RWS) as part of the Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS) program.

The U.S. is organizing a $5 million gun sale to Mexican forces accused of murder and kidnapping | 6 October 2021 | The Intercept

The Biden administration is pressing forward with the sale of millions of dollars in weapons to specialized elements of the Mexican military despite growing concern from lawmakers over the recipients’ abhorrent human rights records.

Vaste opération contre le trafic d’armes à feu illégales | 4 October 2021 | Le Courrier du Sud

La Sûreté du Québec a mené une vaste opération de visibilité dans sa lutte au trafic d’armes à feu illégales, la fin de semaine dernière, en collaboration avec plusieurs corps policiers de la province.

Curbing Dangerous US Arms Sales: House NDAA Is A Win For Oversight, Accountability | 1 October 2021 | BreakingDefense

Now that the House has passed its $740 billion version of the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the Senate will be weighing not just the price tag of the world’s most powerful military but what the act says about America’s priorities.

Elbit Systems to supply Enhanced Night Vision Goggles to US Army | 23 September 2021 | ArmyRecognition

Elbit Systems on September 22 announced further to the Company’s announcement of October 22, 2020, that its U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America LLC, was awarded a second production order in the amount of approximately $54 million to supply Enhanced Night Vision Goggle – Binocular (“ENVG-B”) systems, provide spare parts, logistics support and test equipment for the U.S. Army.

US Individuals Providing Defense Services Abroad Need a State Department License or Face Potential Prosecution | 23 September 2021 | Arent Fox | JD Supra

Three Former U.S. Intelligence Community and Military Personnel Agree to Pay More Than $1.68 Million to Resolve Criminal Charges Arising from Their Provision of Hacking-Related Services to a Foreign Government | 14 September 2021 | U.S. Department of Justice

On September 7, 2021, three former U.S. Intelligence Community and military personnel (Defendants) entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Department of Justice, National Security Division (collectively, DOJ) in relation to the Defendants’ provision of computer network services, including computer network exploitation (CNE) services, to the U.A.E.

U.S. Seizes Nigeria’s $6.1 Million as Illegal Arms Contractor Pleads Guilty | 22 September 2021 | Naija24

The United States has seized about $6.1 million belonging to Nigeria after a hired arms supplier pleaded guilty to charges including illegal dealing in military-grade weapons and money laundering, U.S court documents revealed.

Western Sahara, the Biden Administration and Human Rights | 21 September 2021 | Lawfareblog

In December 2020, then-President Trump drastically broke from established U.S. policy, international consensus, and U.N. resolutions to formally recognize Morocco’s control of Western Sahara in a quid pro quo for Morocco to normalize relations with Israel. But in the process, Trump dismissed the human rights of Sahrawis, further marginalizing an oppressed people already struggling to maintain their collective voice, which is unjustifiable.

House 2022 National Defense Authorization Act Passes 21 Amendments on Arms Sales and Security Assistance | 21 September 2021 | CATO Institute

On Thursday, the House voted on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2022. Prior to the structured Rule for the act, there were a total of fifty amendments that, if passed, would directly impact U.S. weapons transfers to foreign countries. Overall, these amendments are divided into five broad themes: congressional power, increased monitoring and reporting surrounding human rights violators, weapons sales to the Middle East, weapons sales to counter Russia, and weapons sales to counter China.

La disputa territorial del narco en Ecuador pone al país en la ruta internacional del tráfico de armas | 19 September 2021 | el Universo

El enfrentamiento entre narcotraficantes por ganar territorio en Ecuador denota otro de sus negocios ilícitos: el tráfico internacional de armas. Inteligencia militar conoce que así como por la frontera norte ingresa droga originaria de Colombia, por el sur entran armas provenientes de Chile y Perú.

Le client des Profit Boyz était… un agent double du SPVM | 18 September 2021 | Lapresse.ca

Six individus arrêtés cette semaine et soupçonnés de trafic d’armes à feu illégales ont été pris sur le fait à vendre leur marchandise à un client qui était en réalité un agent double du Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), a appris La Presse.

Venezuela: la fábrica de Kaláshnikov, una realidad cada vez más cercana | 17 September 2021 | Russia Beyond

La agencia Rosoboronexport ha anunciado la finalización de la construcción de una planta para producir fusiles de asalto AK-103 y munición 7,62×39 en Venezuela, según informó la agencia TASS.

Washington to review export policies for Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Cyprus | 17 September 2021 | Janes

The US Department of State is preparing to add Ethiopia and Eritrea to its list of countries with a policy of denial for the transfer of military equipment under Section 126.1 of the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), while extending its waiver for Cyprus, Janes has learnt.

Biden to withhold, restrict some military aid to Egypt | 13 September 2021 | Politico

The Biden administration has decided it will hold back some — but not most — of $300 million in conditioned military aid to Egypt over human rights concerns, a U.S. official said late Monday. The money that is being sent will also have restrictions on its use.

Colombia claims army colonel provided guerrillas with arms and explosives | 12 September 2021 | Colombia Reports

Corrupt elements within Colombia’s security forces sold arms and explosives to multiple illegal armed groups, including guerrilla group ELN, according to the prosecution. The prosecution has discovered at least two alleged arms trafficking rings that operated within the National Army since the arrest of General Jorge Romero, the former commander of the 4th Brigade in Medellin.

Philadelphia Man Admits Conspiring to Illegally Export Firearms Parts from United States to Turkey and Republic of Georgia | 7 September 2021 | U.S. Department of Justice

A Philadelphia man today admitted his role in a conspiracy to smuggle more than $200,000 worth of firearms parts out of the United States, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

La provincia de Santa Fe continúa con el registro balístico de armas policiales | 6 September 2021 | Notife

La Agencia de Prevención de la Violencia con Armas de Fuego (APVAF) continúa con el proceso de registración balística de las armas utilizadas por la Policía de la provincia. Esta herramienta permite identificar cada arma que utilizan los agentes de las fuerzas policiales. El proceso se realiza en el Departamento Logística (D4), ubicada en Urquiza y José Hernández, en la ciudad de Santa Fe.

Guns, drugs, jobs. In these Venezuelan towns, Colombian rebels call the shots | 2 September 2021 | Reuters

Soon after rebels from neighboring Colombia arrived in this Venezuelan village, they started choosing students from the local high school to harvest coca, the plant used to make cocaine, the school’s principal told Reuters.

Lawsuit Targets Arms Flows to Mexico | September 2021 | Arms Control Today

Lawyer predicts arms makers will fight ‘dirty war’ in defense against Mexico’s suit | 30 September 2021 | Mexiconewsdaily.com

The Mexican government took a novel approach to curtailing illegal gun trafficking into its country by filing suit against U.S. gun manufacturers and distributors in a Massachusetts federal district court.

Venezuelan Army inducts refurbished M114A1 howitzers and AMX-13C90 tanks | 30 August 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to InfoDefensa, the Venezuelan Minister of Defense, General-in-Chief (Army) Vladimir Padrino López, paid a visit to the 11th Armored Brigade during which he inspected the M114A1 155/23mm howitzers and the AMX-13C90 light tanks, recently refurbished.

CBP Officers Seize Assault Weapons and Ammunition at the DeConcini Port of Entry | 30 August 2021 | U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers conducting outbound operations seized assault rifles, magazines, part and ammunition hidden in a vehicle.

US trained Khashoggi’s killers. A review of all military training programs is necessary | 30 August 2021 | CNN

Recent revelations have exposed the United States’ role in providing military and paramilitary training to at least some of the alleged hitmen behind two of the most high-profile assassinations of the past decade — the murder of Saudi journalist and political dissident Jamal Khashoggi, and the recent killing of Haitian President Jovenel Moise. These revelations, reported by The New York Times and The Washington Post, cast a harsh light on US security cooperation programs and the private firms operating with the approval of the State Department that train thousands of foreign military personnel every year.

México permitió venta de ‘armas’ a Colombia violando tratado internacional | 29 August 2021 | CNT

En una violación al Tratado sobre el Comercio de Armas (TCA), el Gobierno mexicano permitió en 2018 y 2019 la exportación de unidades blindadasque utilizó la Policía de Cali, Colombia, durante las violentas protestas que dejaron docenas de heridos y muertos y que azotaron a esa nación sudamericana en abril y mayo últimos.

US approves potential sale to Australia of services for SM-6 and SM-2 IIIC missiles | 26 August 2021 | Janes

The US State Department has approved a potential USD350 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of services related to the future acquisition of SM-6 Block I and SM-2 Block IIIC air-defence missiles for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) yet-to-be-built Hunter-class frigates.

Soldiers of fortune: why U.S. mercenaries should not be legal | 26 August 2021 | War on the Rocks

Early in the morning of July 7, 2021, a heavily armed group entered the home of Haitian President Jovenel Moise and killed him in his bedroom. The assailants, reportedly dressed as U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents, were well-trained, organized, and appear to have received significant financing for the assassination. Haitian authorities have made a number of arrests in connection with this event, including of two U.S. citizens, though the parties primarily responsible for this assassination — and the precise motive — currently remain under investigation.

Biden’s New Arms Transfer Policy Must Balance Security and Values | 26 August 2021 | Heritage Foundation

U.S. arms transfer policy strives to strike a balance between promoting human rights and the need to develop strong security partners. President Biden’s arms transfer policy will reportedly increase the emphasis on human rights. Exactly how much this will change the status quo remains to be seen.

Driver for U.S. consulate in Nogales convicted of gun smuggling | 23 August 2021 | Tucson Sentinel

A driver for the U.S. consulate in Nogales, Sonora, was sentenced Monday to nearly four years in prison for attempting to smuggle more than a dozen firearms into Mexico last year, including a .50-caliber sniper rifle.

Waiving Restrictions On U.S. Military Assistance To Egypt Risks U.S. Complicity In Human Rights Abuses | 23 August 2021 | Amnesty International

Responding to reported deliberations by the Biden administration on invoking a national security waiver to release $300 million of restricted military assistance to Egypt, Philippe Nassif, the advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa said…

Has Mexico Found a Way Around Gun Companies’ Special Legal Immunity? | 23 August 2021 | The Trace

Mexico Looks to Bypass U.S. Gun Companies’ Special Legal Immunity | 23 August 2021 | The Trace

Mexico looks to bypass U.S. gun companies’ special legal immunity. On August 4, the Mexican government sued several major gunmakers and distributors in the United States, alleging that their negligent marketing and business practices had fueled cartel violence. The lawsuit’s biggest obstacle is the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which has largely shielded gun manufacturers from being held liable for the harms wrought by their products for nearly two decades.

The Massachusetts District Court will hear the lawsuit filed by Mexico against gun manufacturers and distributors | 20 August 2021 | Gobierno de Mexico

The Massachusetts District Court will hear the civil lawsuit filed by the Mexican government on August 4 against gun manufacturers and distributors for willfully engaging in negligent business practices that encourage illegal arms trafficking to Mexico.

The Futility of Conditionality: How U.S. Military Aid Undergirds Middle East Repression | 19 August 2021 | Dawn

The United States has sold $200 billion worth of major conventional weapons and related forms of technical support to nearly 170 countries since 2002. Just last year, the U.S. approved more than $175 billion in weapons sales. Former President Donald Trump made signing arms deals a signature foreign policy goal of his administration, touting the billions of dollars in sales he personally claimed to have secured. President Joe Biden is proceeding with most of these arms sales…

Why Mexico Is Right to Sue U.S. Gun Companies | 12 August 2021 | Foreign Policy

Researching a book on gun trafficking, I asked an export broker in the legal part of the arms trade if he was concerned that his assault rifles could end up in the hands of murderers. He said he wasn’t worried about getting in trouble; his sales, he assured me, followed national and international laws. I asked again: Even if he wasn’t nervous about legal consequences, was he bothered ethically if his weapons ended up on the wrong trigger fingers? He was silent for a moment before answering with a confident “no.”

Le Canada viole le traité sur les armes en vendant des fusils de sniper et des véhicules blindés « abusés » par l’Arabie saoudite dans la guerre au Yémen, selon des groupes de défense des droits de l’homme | 12 August 2021 | News24.fr

Canada flouting international law by continuing Saudi arms sales, report says | 11 August 2021 | The Globe & Mail

Un nouveau rapport des groupes de défense des droits « preuve convaincante » pour montrer que les transferts d’armes canadiens – y compris les véhicules blindés légers (VBL) et les fusils de précision de grande puissance – sont « détourné pour utilisation » dans la guerre de la coalition dirigée par les Saoudiens au Yémen.

US Army awards contract to Oshkosh Defense for 541 Medium Tactical Vehicles FMTV A2 | 8 August 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published on August 4, 2021, the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) announced that it has awarded American company Oshkosh Defense, a $152 million delivery order for 541 Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) A2 variant.

Detienen a sujeto por tráfico ilegal de armas de fuego y 400 cartuchos útiles en Sonora | 5 August 2021 | XeVT

La Guardia Nacional detuvo en Sonora a un sujeto que intentó ingresar a México seis armas de fuego y más de 400 cartuchos útiles, ocultos en la carrocería de un vehículo.

NSSF responds to Mexico’s civil lawsuit against U.S. firearm manufacturers | 4 August 2021 | NSSF

NSSF®, the firearm industry trade association, rejects Mexico’s allegations that U.S. firearm manufacturers participated in negligent business practices. All firearms sold at retail within the United States are sold in accordance with federal and state laws, with an FBI background check and forms completed. Allegations of wholesale cross-border gun trafficking are patently and demonstrably false.

The United States is silent on Mexico’s demand to fight arms trafficking | 6 August 2021 | MRT

Why Mexico is taking on the US arms industry for illegal trafficking of weapons | 5 August 2021 | El Pais

Qué armas fabricadas en EEUU llegan a manos de los cárteles mexicanos | 5 August 2021 | Infobae

Más de 500 mil armas ilegales ingresan al país cada año; México demanda a fabricantes | 4 August 2021 | Politico.mx

The Government of Mexico sues US gun manufacturers and distributors for damages | 4 August 2021 | Gobierno de Mexico

Estados Unidos Mexicanos Vs Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc.; Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc.; Beretta U.S.A. Corp.; et. als. (complaint) (pdf) | Courthouse News

The Government of Mexico, respectful of US legislation and domestic affairs, files a lawsuit in a US court to highlight the harm it has suffered as a result of the negligent marketing practices of US gun makers and distributors.

Mexico near deal to buy Sig Sauer automatic rifles from U.S. | 3 August 2021 | Reuters

The small arms maker Sig Sauer Inc has sought U.S. approval to sell millions of dollars’ worth of automatic assault rifles to the armed services of Mexico in a deal that will help to modernize the country’s military, people familiar with the situation said.

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Saudi Arabia requests quotation from Nexter for large order of artillery systems and armored vehicles | 26 October 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to a tweet posted by Defense Arab on October 24, French company Nexter Systems has been requested by Saudi Arabia to present a quotation for an impressive amount of artillery systems and military vehicles: 118 towed 105LG 105mm howitzers, 147 CAESAR 6×6 155mm self-propelled howitzers, 112 CAESAR 8×8 155mm armored self-propelled howitzers, and 153 TITUS wheeled armored vehicles.

Thai artillery receives upgraded version of NORINCO YW 306 MLRS with DTI-2 122mm rockets | 26 October 2021 | ArmyRecognition

As reported by JesusRoman in a tweet posted on October 24, the Institute Defense Technology of the Royal Thai Army supplied the artillery with an upgraded version of the 20-tube 122mm DTI-2 MLRS based on the Chinese-made Type 85 /YW306 from Norinco. In 2012, Thailand ordered 4 MLRS from China and received them in 2013. Firing tests were carried on by the Defense Technology Institute (DTI) since 2020.

Papua New Guinea receives third of four Guardian-class patrol boats | 25 October 2021 | Janes

Australia has handed over the third of four Guardian-class patrol boats built for the Maritime Element of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) as part of Canberra’s Pacific Maritime Security Programme.

Former head of Chinese weapons giant to face corruption charges after formal arrest approved | 25 October 2021 | South China Morning Post

State prosecutor intends to arrest ex-Norinco chairman and party secretary Yin Jiaxu, accusing him of accepting ‘huge sums’ of money and gifts. Yin is the second Norinco senior executive to fall from grace in Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive with similar bribery accusations made against Hu Wenming.

Pakistan Army inducts Chinese-made HQ-9/P air defence system | 20 October 2021 | ArmyRecognition

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on October 14 witnessed the commissioning of state-of-the-art Chinese-made HQ-9/P HIMADS (High to Medium Air Defence System) into Pakistan Army Air Defence, The Express Tribunes reports.

Australia is cashing in on munitions sales to Africa under a ‘grotesque’ government plan | 14 October 2021 | SBS

Documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws show the Australian government has approved military sales to at least 18 countries in Africa since 2015.

Philippine Army gets Chinese Dongfeng trucks and Beijing light troop carriers | 11 October 2021 | ArmyRecognition

MaxDefense Philippines has gathered some information about 70 Chinese trucks and 4×4 light utility vehicles recently delivered to the Philippine Army.

Gun dealers selling American weapons seized by Taliban from Afghan soldiers | 6 October 2021 | The Hill

Gun dealers in Afghanistan are buying American weapons that were seized by the Taliban from Afghan soldiers and selling them to citizens, according to weapons dealers who talked to The New York Times.

New version of China’s most advanced air-to-air missile the PL-15 is destined for export market | 30 September 2021 | South China Morning Post

China has unveiled a version of its most powerful air-to-air missile designed for the export market at the Zhuhai air show.

Myanmar Junta Crony Plays Key Role in Arms Purchases From Ukraine | 29 September 2021 | The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s crony league welcomed new members when current coup leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing succeeded former dictator Senior General Than Shwe as the military chief in 2011, with relatives and business associates of newly promoted generals joining the elite.

Yugoimport from Serbia has delivered Lazar 3 armored vehicles to Turkmenistan | 29 September 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to pictures released on the Internet that were taken during the military parade for the 30th anniversary of Turkmenistan independence, September 27, 2021, Serbian company Yugoimport has delivered Lazar 3 8×8 armored vehicles to Turkmenistan armed with Russian 30mm 2A42 automatic cannon.

M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzers to equip Taiwan army from 2023 | 25 September 2021 | ArmyRecognition

As written by Taiwan News, according to budget documents the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense submitted to the Legislative Yuan, the first eight howitzers are scheduled for delivery in 2023, with 16 in 2024 and the last 16 in 2025, CNA reported. The weapons form part of the first arms package for Taiwan to be approved by the Biden administration since it assumed power in January 2021.

Guerre au Yémen : les États devraient cesser leurs livraisons d’armes | 25 September 2021 | ASER

Le rapport du Groupe d’éminents experts internationaux et régionaux sur le Yémen, intitulé : « Une nation abandonnée : un appel à l’humanité pour mettre fin aux souffrances du Yémen » a été présenté devant le Conseil des droits de l’homme des Nations Unies le 13 septembre 2021.

Indian MoD orders 118 indigenous Arjun Mk-1A Main Battle Tanks | 24 September 2021 | ArmyRecognition

The Defence Ministry on September 23 signed a contract with the Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF) located at Avadi, Chennai, to procure 118 Arjun Mk.1A Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) for the Indian Army. Five Mk-1A tanks will be delivered within 30 months, followed by 30 tanks every year.

New Delhi approves acquisition of 56 C295 transport aircraft for IAF | 9 September 2021 | Janes

India’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) approved the procurement of 56 Airbus Defence and Space C295MW medium transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) on 8 September that will replace the service’s ageing Avro 748M transport fleet.

China’s arms exports slowing down after massive surge in last few years, says report | 9 September 2021 | ANI

China’s arms exports are slowing after a massive surge over the last few years. After nearly tripling between 2004 and 2013, they increased by only 2.7 per cent over 2014 to 2018.

Israel Weapon Industries to announce additional procurement of Micro-TAVOR assault rifle by Israel Defense Forces | 8 September 2021 | ArmyRecognition

Israel Weapon Industries – a member of the SK GROUP (founded by Mr. Samy Katsav), and a worldwide leader in the production of combat-proven small arms for governments, armies, and law enforcement agencies around the world announced the additional procurement of the Micro-TAVOR assault rifle by the IDF, to be in service by infantry units.

Activists call on Ukraine to end arms supply to Myanmar military and its private brokers | 8 September 2021 | Myanmar Now

A rights group called for a halt to Ukraine’s arms deals with the Myanmar junta on Wednesday, urging Western governments to use their influence to cut off the eastern European country’s supply of weapons to the coup regime.

Yemeni FM: US, UK dual approach meant to keep up arms sales to Saudi Arabia | 7 September 2021 | ABNA

Yemen’s Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf Abdullah has slammed the US and Britain for openly supporting Saudi Arabia in its military aggression against Yemen while urging the Sana’a government defending the country to stop fighting, saying such a dual approach is meant to keep up arms sales to the Riyadh regime.

Transfers of major arms to Afghanistan between 2001 and 2020 (SIPRI) | 7 September 2021 | ArmyRecognition

Twenty years of US-led international military presence in Afghanistan ended on 30 August 2021, with the withdrawal of the last foreign forces. Since 2001, significant numbers of major arms had been delivered to bolster the Afghan military and security forces, in the expectation that they would eventually be able to maintain security and suppress the Taliban insurgency without international support. It ended in a dramatic failure.

First US M109A6 Paladin 155mm howitzers will be delivered to Taiwan in 2023 | 4 September 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by the “Taiwan News” website on September 3, 2021, United States will deliver the first M109A6 Paladin 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers to Taiwan in 2023.

Taliban poised to cash in on millions of pounds worth of UK military equipment | 3 September 2021 | Express

British forces may have left millions of pounds of military equipment in the hands of the Taliban after withdrawing from Afghanistan, officials fear.

Thailand to acquire local-made R600 new 8×8 amphibious armored vehicles | 3 September 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by the Defense Studies website on September 3, 2021, Thailand will acquire new 8×8 armored vehicles for its naval infantry units. Two vehicles are competitors for this acquisition including the R600 8×8 manufactured by the Thai company Panus Assembly Co.,Ltd. and the Black Widow Spider (BWS) 8×8 designed by Preecha Thavorn Industry.

IAI from Israel to manufacture Unmanned Ground Vehicles RPV for British armed forces | 2 September 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by “The Jerusalem Post” on September 1, 2021, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) was awarded a joint contract with Marlborough Communications Limited to manufacture four Remote Platoon Vehicles for the British armed forces. The contract was awarded under a UK Ministry of Defence program to obtain unmanned vehicles capable of supporting troops and limiting their direct exposure to threats.

FNSS from Turkey to deliver 18 Kaplan MT Medium Tanks to Indonesian army | 1 September 2021 | ArmyRecognition

The Turkish company FNSS has completed the design perfection process for KAPLAN MT (Medium Tank). FNSS of Turkey and PT Pindad of Indonesia have launched the development of the Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT) project called Kaplan MT (Medium Tank) to address a request from the Indonesian army for a new medium tank.

New Turkish-Ukrainian team aims to win service contracts for Russian-made helos | 30 August 2021 | DefenseNews

A new partnership between a Turkish aerospace trade association and Ukraine’s arms trader aims to provide repair and maintenance services for up to 1,500 Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters.

India starts modernization of BMP-2 and BMP-2K Sarath IFVs | 30 August 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to Topwar.ru website, the BMP-2/2K Sarath infantry fighting vehicles in service with the Indian army will undergo modernization. According to the press service of the Indian Ministry of Defense, the Land Force has already launched a program to modernize them.

Oman shows interest to purchase Turkish Koral Electronic Warfare systems | 30 August 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to information released on the Twitter account of @IiiTango on August 24, 2021, the Omani Ministry of Defense is in talks with the Turkish company Aselsan for the purchase of KORAL Electronic warfare systems.

China and Pakistan fight over upgradation of Pakistan Army T-85 tank | 30 August 2021 | Times Now

Look who are fighting over weaponry! China and Pakistan, over the upgradation of the Pakistan Army T-85 tank. The warring firms: China North Industries Group Corporation or Norinco and Heavy Industries Taxila or HIT The issue: a simple, if an important part of the tank: the radiator.

Russia to deliver Pantsir-S1 air defense systems to Myanmar | 27 August 2021 | ArmyRecognition

Russia has said that deliveries of Pantsir-S1 air defense systems to Myanmar are on track despite February’s military coup in the Southeast Asian country. Myanmar and Russia struck the deal for the Pantsir systems in January 2021. Dmitry Shugayev, a Russian weapons official, said : “We will deliver (the systems) in line with the terms and conditions stipulated in the contracts”.

Russia, India negotiating upgrade of T-90S Bhishma MBTs, says Rosoboronexport | 27 August 2021 | TASS

Rosoboronexport (part of the Rostec state corporation) is holding consultations with New Dehli on upgrading India’s T-90S Bhishma MBTs, Chief Executive Officer of the Russian arms export agency Alexander Mikheyev told TASS on Friday at the Army 2021 International Military-Technical Forum.

Kazakhstan to receive additional Su-30SM fighters by end of 2022 | 26 August 2021 | Janes

The Kazakhstan Air Defence Forces (KADF) will receive four Sukhoi Su-30SM ‘Flanker-H’ multirole fighter aircraft from Russia by the end of 2022, the Director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, Dmitry Shugayev, was quoted by Russia’s TASS news agency as saying on 25 August.

Saudis Sign Military Cooperation Agreement With Russia | 24 August 2021 | RFE

Saudi Arabia and Russia have signed a military cooperation agreement at an arms expo outside Moscow.

‘Small arms’ program nets 314 loose firearms | 24 August 2021 | Sun Star (Philippines)

The number of loose firearms the government has recovered through the Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) program has increased to 314, as the implementation of the program was expanded to the province of Tawi-Tawi.

Indian Army obtain first batch of multi-mode hand grenades | 24 August 2021 | Deccan Herald

The first batch of indigenously-made Multi-Mode Hand Grenades (MMHG) was handed over to the Indian Army in the presence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in Nagpur on Tuesday.

Can a UN Arms Embargo on Myanmar Work? | 24 August 2021 | The Irrawaddy

The crisis in Myanmar has slipped from the headlines. In a predictably peripatetic news-cycle world, the continued post-coup crackdown, Covid-19 surge and humanitarian catastrophe evinces little international attention.

American weapons looted by Taliban likely to be first used for violence in Pakistan before reaching India: Indian military officers | 24 August 2021 | ANI

Amid inputs that the Taliban was supplying a huge quantity of American weapons captured by it from the Afghan Army to Pakistan, top military officers in India feel that these weapons would be first used for violence in Pakistan itself by the ISI-bred terrorist groups before they are able to make their way to India.

Need to Counter China Will Make It Hard for Asian Powers to Shun Myanmar Junta | 23 August 2021 | The Irrawaddy

In what can only be described as a waste of time, the new junta, the State Administration Council (SAC), has turned to churning out statements and propaganda pamphlets in an attempt to justify its power grab to the international community. Few, if any, are going to believe its version of events.

Rosoboronexport cultivating technological partnership with Jordan | 23 August 2021 | TASS

“We are putting together several programs as part of the technological partnership with Jordan in order to foster a production program for munitions and for various small arms there. Consultations are underway,” Alexander Mikheyev revealed.

New Weapons, Electronics Proposed in Indian Order for New Su-30MKI Jets | 23 August 2021 | DefenseWorld

An expected Indian order for 12 Su-30MKI fighter jets will include new weapons and electronic systems probably drawn from the Su-35, the current top of the line Russian fighter.

India buys 70,000 AK203 assault rifles off the shelf from Russia | 23 August 2021 | ArmyRecognition

India and Russia recently finalized a deal for immediate “off-the-shelf procurement” of 70,000 new 7.62×39mm AK 203 assault rifles, according to a report by ThePrint, citing sources from the Indian defense industry. These rifles will replace the aging 5.56×45mm INSAS (Indian Small Arms System) that the army, navy, and air force currently use. The weapons are expected to arrive in India beginning in November.

Rifles, Humvees and millions of rounds of ammo: Taliban celebrate their new American arsenal | 21 August 2021 | CNN

Taliban Wear U.S. Military Uniforms, Take Control of Deadly Weapons: Reports | 31 August 2021 | DefenseWorld

The Taliban is flaunting captured U.S. weapons that may be worth billions. Can it use them? | 20 August 2021 | The Washington Post

Planes, guns, night-vision goggles: The Taliban’s new U.S.-made war chest | 19 August 2021 | Reuters

From Black Hawks to APCs, Taliban Now Has Access to Sophisticated Weaponry Left By Afghan Army | 19 August 2021 | The Wire (India)

Billions spent on Afghan army ultimately benefited Taliban | 17 August 2021 | The Associated Press

US national security officials are working to account for more than 20 years worth of weapons provided to the Afghan military as images of Taliban fighters brandishing American-made rifles and riding in abandoned Humvees are raising concerns about what else was left behind.

Ukraine has delivered Kozak-5 4×4 armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia | 14 August 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by the Ukrainian defense magazine “Defense Express” on August 13, 2021, the Ukrainian company NVO Practika has announced two important export contracts for 2021, including the delivery of Kozak-5 4×4 armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia.

Taliban Seizes Afghan Military’s Boeing ScanEagle Drone | 12 August 2021 | DefenseWorld

A day after Taliban fighters took control of India-gifted Mi-35 attack helicopter operated by the Afghanistan military, reports arose that claimed that the latter lost a ScanEagle drone produced by Boeing to them.

Taliban Captures Mi-35 Helicopter Gifted by India to Afghanistan | 11 August 2021 | DefenseWorld

Taliban fighters have reportedly captured an Mi-35 attack helicopter gifted to Afghanistan military by India two years ago. The helicopter fell into the hands of the Taliban at Kunduz airbase on Wednesday. It is an export version of Russia’s Mi-24V.

South Korea Approves $3.1B Project to Build New Frigates | 5 August 2021 | DefenseWorld

South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said a $3.1 billion (3.5 trillion won) project to build new frigates has been given the green light.

Chinese Shipyard Launches Third Type 054 A/P Frigate for Pakistan Navy | 5 August 2021 | DefenseWorld

China’s Hudong Zhonghua shipyard lauched the third Type 054 A/P Frigate destined to serve in the Pakistan Navy, on Tuesday.

Taiwan to acquire 40 US M109A6 155mm self-propelled howitzers | 5 August 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to information released by the U.S. Department of Defense on August 4, 2021, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) of 155mm M109A6 Paladin Medium tracked Self-Propelled Howitzer System and related equipment for an estimated cost of $750 million.

Pegasus and the NSO Group: The dark world of cyber mercenaries | 4 August 2021 | Daily Maverick

Report finds NSO Group’s spyware used on Bahraini activists | 24 August 2021 | The Washington Post

Revelations that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s smartphone was potentially a target of a highly sophisticated cyber attack is just the tip of the iceberg. Like the hacking of Transnet’s system, spyware installed on a president’s phone is an onslaught on national security. Increasingly, these attacks are happening in cyberspace, conducted by a different kind of gun-for-hire — the cyber mercenary.

Israel’s Immoral Arms Export Must End | 2 August 2021 | Haaretz

Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s trip to Paris last week to manage the NSO crisis, and the visits by government representatives’ to the company’s offices in Herzliya, were meant to assuage global public opinion, rebuff international criticism and create the image that the defense establishment cares about human rights abroad.

UAE’s Calidus now producing armoured vehicles | 30 July 2021 | Janes

A visit by the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) top defence official to Calidus indicated the company’s Wahash 8×8 infantry fighting vehicle and MCAV-20 are now in serial production.

First upgraded M1A2K Abrams Main Battle Tank MBT delivered to Kuwait Army | 30 July 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published on the Twitter account of the Kuwait Armed Armed Forces GHQ on July 29, 2021, Kuwait took delivery of the first recapitalized version of the M1A2K Main Battle Tank (MBT) during an official ceremony that was held in the United States.

Bangladesh receives first batch of MaxxPro Dash DXM Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles from US | 30 July 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to information released on July 27, 2021, Bangladesh has received its first batch of American Navistar MaxxPro Dash DXM Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles from the United States.

Indonesia to procure Rantis P6 ATAV 4×4 All-Terrain tactical vehicles | 29 July 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to information released by the Indonesian Ministry of Defense on July 27, 2021, the Indonesian army has signed an agreement for the procurement of the Rantis P6 ATAV 4×4 All-Terrain tactical vehicle manufactured by the Indonesian company PT Surya Sentra Ekajaya.

EUROPE

Europe Needs to Name and Shame Its Small Arms Dealers | 26 October 2021 | Foreign Policy

Security concerns continue to dominate the European Union’s foreign-policy agenda. However, lost among the discussions of Russian military activities in the Baltics and Chinese investment in European ports is one enduring threat to European security: the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, such as assault rifles, pistols, heavy machine guns, and explosives.

Estland beschafft europaweit Munition | 26 October 2021 | ESUT

Das staatliche estnische Zentrum für Verteidigungsinvestitionen (Riigi Kaitseinvesteeringute Keskus, RKIK) beschafft in Rahmenverträgen für knapp 80 Millionen Euro Munition von Anbietern aus Europa und Israel. Wie das RKIK mitgeteilt hat, ist mit acht Rahmenvertragspartnern die Lieferung von Mittel- und Großkalibermunition (über 23 mm) im Wert von 30 Millionen Euro vereinbart worden.

Finland exports military material worth €140m to UAE | 25 October 2021 | YLE

Finland granted permits totalling 139.3 million euros in March 2020 for the export of military vehicle parts to the United Arab Emirates. The deal accounts for almost all of Finland’s total arms exports last year.

Third batch of US military equipment is delivered to Ukraine | 23 October 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to a Tweet published by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense on October 22, 2021, the third final batch of additional international security assistance from the Government of the United States of America has arrived in Ukraine, including ammunition, anti-tank and high-precision weapons, medical equipment, etc.

Milipol 2021 : un salon sous surveillance | 22 October 2021 | ASER

Action Sécurité Éthique Républicaines (ASER) s’est rendue cette année encore au salon Milipol France. Cette 9ème visite a permis de constater la confirmation du changement débuté il y a une dizaine d’années quant au type de matériels présentés.

Quand la France arme les pays qui bafouent les droits de l’homme | 21 October 2021 | VICE

Ventes de navires de combat, canons d’artillerie, missiles et autres armes à feu… Voilà une belle liste de notre matériel militaire vendu dans le monde dont se vante régulièrement la France. Mais comme on peut s’en douter, les acheteurs ne se les procurent pas dans le simple de but de les entreposer dans un hangar “au cas où” tels des survivalistes.

UK reportedly in talks to sell weapons in first arms deal with Ukraine | 21 October 2021 | Army-Technology

The UK Government is reportedly holding talks with Ukraine on their first weapons deal, which is expected to see Kyiv buy missiles.

Lithuanian army receives additional 42 Mercedes Unimog U5000 trucks | 21 October 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to a tweet from the Lithuanian MoD, as part of the Lithuanian Army capacity building and further modernization, the Unimog U5000 project has been completed with the delivery of the last 42 trucks added to the 142 initially ordered and delivered in 2020.

Rheinmetall to supply artillery ammunition to Netherlands Army | 21 October 2021 | ArmyRecognition

Rheinmetall has chalked up another success in the artillery domain. DMO, the Dutch procurement agency, has just placed an order with Rheinmetall for illumination and smoke/obscurant shells from Rheinmetall’s ammunition family. The NATO nation will take delivery of the projectiles in mid-2023.

Kalashnikov Confirms 100% Technology Transfer to India for AK-203 Assault Rifles | 20 October 2021 | DefenseWorld

Interview with Maria Vorobieva, Director for Public Relations of Kalashnikov, Russia, to Defenseworld.net

Ukraine company Ukrspetsexport ships Oplot MBT to US | 20 October 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to Defense Blog, Ukraine’s state-owned arms trading agency Ukrspetsexport Corp. delivered the Oplot main battle tank to the U.S. military last week. Vadim Nozdrya, general director of the Ukrspetseksport, said that the tank was shipped to the United States within the framework of the contract for the new combat vehicle.

FN SCAR-H PR precision rifles start equipping French infantry regiments | 15 October 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to Laurent Lagneau, in December 2020, the French Army had indicated that the first SCAR-H PR [Precision Rifle] sniper rifles had just been delivered by the Belgian manufacturer FN Herstal to the 14th Material Support Base [BSMAT], then responsible for controlling their quality and taking them into account in logistics management before distributing them to the regiments.

Russia Delivers MiG-29 Components to Bulgaria | 14 October 2021 | DefenseWorld

MiG Corporation, part of state-owned Rostec has completed delivery of MiG-29 components to Bulgaria ahead of scheduled.

Russian army increases stocks of Krasnopol guided artillery shells | 14 October 2021 | ArmyRecognition

The Russian armed forces are receiving various precision weapons. They are supplied to artillery units of the Ground and Airborne Forces. The Krasnopol guided projectile has properly performed in combat, the Army Standard writes, quoted by TASS.

UK exporting tear gas to Middle East authoritarians | 13 October 2021 | Middle East Eye

The British government has authorised exports of tear gas to numerous authoritarian states in the Middle East over the past decade, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan and Oman, new research reveals, despite several of the countries being on its own human rights priority list.

Streit mit Heckler & Koch: Haenel steht vor Niederlage | 12 October 2021 | Zeit

In einem Gerichtsstreit mit dem Waffenhersteller Heckler & Koch muss sich der kleinere Konkurrent C.G. Haenel auf eine Niederlage einstellen. Bei der Verhandlung am Dienstag vor dem Landgericht Düsseldorf sagte die Vorsitzende Richterin Bérénice Thom, dass sie von einer Patentverletzung von Haenel ausgehe. Unklar ist aber noch das Ausmaß.

Nexter Signs Agreement with Czech Firm for Production of Shells, Modular Charges | 9 October 2021 | DefenseWorld

Nexter Group announced it signed an agreement with the Czech manufacturer STV Group for the local supply and certification of shells and modular charges.

Poland confirms acquisition of 250 US M1A2 SEPV V3 main battle tanks | 8 October 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to a Tweet published by the Polish Ministry of Defense on October 8, 2021, Poland confirms its plan to acquire 250 M1A2 SEP V3 main battle tanks from the United States and that will enter into service with the 18th Mechanized Division of the Polish army.

Bulgarian police detain 3 foreigners after sensitive data goes missing at arms plant | 7 October 2021 | Reuters

Three senior foreign employees of Bulgaria’s biggest weapons maker Arsenal have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in the disappearance of sensitive products and documents from the company’s plant, the interior ministry said on Thursday.

General Dynamics GDELS to provide M3 amphibious bridging vehicles to Latvia | 6 October 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to information released on October 6, 2021, General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) has announced an agreement to provide the M3 Amphibious Bridge and Ferry System to Latvia. Latvia will be the newest NATO customer to receive the bridging system.

French 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment receives O-NYX Night Vision Goggles | 6 October 2021 | ArmyRecognition

On Monday, October 4, in the continuity of the Law of military programming (LPM), the legionnaires of the 1st Régiment Étranger de Génie (Foreign Engineer Regiment, 1er REG) perceived the new night vision binoculars (JNV) O-NYX, replacing the “Lucies”.

Belarus army receives first batch of new BTR-82A APCs | 6 October 2021 | ArmyRecognition

The first batch of new BTR-82A armored personnel carriers made by the Russian company Arzamas Machine-Building Plant has been delivered at the railway station of Ozerishche, Minsk, the Belarusian Defense Ministry told BelTA news agency. Most of these new BTR-82A APCs will be handed over to the 120th Independent Mechanized Brigade. Some will be handed over to the 72nd Joint Training Center and the Military Academy of Belarus.

Oss man arrested for international arms trade; 1,000 weapons delivered to criminals | 6 October 2021 | NL Times

The police arrested a 48-year-old man from Oss as the main suspect in an international arms dealing investigation, the police said on Wednesday. The police said that the criminal organization he allegedly forms part of supplied over a thousand weapons to criminals.

Remdizel Partner armored escort vehicle validated for Russian Armed Forces | 5 October 2021 | ArmyRecognition

The newest armored escort vehicle 4386 “Partner” manufactured by Remdizel, a subsidiary of Kamaz, has been accepted for the supply of the Russian Armed Forces, the company announced.

Saab and Solarmtex to cooperate on camouflage products in France | 5 October 2021 | ArmyRecognition

Saab Barracuda AB and Solarmtex S.A.S located in Vierzon France have signed a cooperation agreement by which Solarmtex will be a partner for Saab Barracuda’s signature management and camouflage products in France.

Czech Republic Signs Contract to Acquire 52 CAESAR Artillery Guns from Nexter Group | 2 October 2021 | DefenseWorld

Czech Defense Minister Lubomír Metnar signed a contract for the acquisition of 52 CAESAR self-propelled artillery guns in an eight-wheel drive (8×8) version, in the presence of French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly and Nicolas Chamussy, CEO of Nexter Group on September 30 in Prague.

Waffenexport ins Baltikum: Litauen kauft deutsche Sturmgewehre von Heckler & Koch | 1 October 2021 | RND

Großauftrag für die deutsche Waffenschmiede Heckler & Koch: Litauen kauft für 19 Millionen Euro zusätzliche Exemplare des Sturmgewehrs G36. Der Vertrag über das Rüstungsgeschäft wurde am Donnerstag unterzeichnet.

Azerbaijan army intends to procure additional Russian military materiel | 1 October 2021 | ArmyRecognition

Azerbaijan is planning to some requests for additional batches of Russian-designed materiel, President of the country Ilham Aliyev said in an interview with the National Defense (Natsionalnaya Oborona) magazine: “We are working fruitfully with Russia in all areas, including military-industrial cooperation. We are interested in new developments, of course, and technical groups are studying new capabilities.

Nexter begins production of Serval armoured vehicles | 27 September 2021 | Janes

Nexter chief executive officer Nicolas Chamussy officially opened the assembly line for the Serval Véhicule Blindé Multi-rôles (VBMR) Léger light multirole armoured vehicle in Roanne, southern France, on 23 September.

Export controls: the EU’s new dual-use regime | 27 September 2021 | DLA Piper

On 9 September 2021 the EU effected a number of amendments to its export control regime via the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 2021/821 (referred to as the Recast Dual Use Regulation), replacing Regulation (EU) No 428/2009 as the key legislative instrument governing EU exports of “dual-use” items.

Armer quoi qu’il en coûte ? La France et le commerce international des armes | 23 September 2021 | Middle East Eye

Ventes d’armes, une honte française | 15 September 2021 | Amnesty International FR

Le livre Ventes d’armes, une honte française détaille comment la France arme des régimes qui bafouent les droits humains. Une stratégie qui a hissé la France au rang de troisième exportateur mondial de matériel militaire.

Opacité française sur les ventes d’armes : deux ONG et un média saisissent la justice | 23 September 2021 | Amnesty International FR

Aujourd’hui, Amnesty International France, le Centre Européen pour les droits constitutionnels et humains (ECCHR) et le média d’investigation Disclose saisissent le Tribunal administratif de Paris afin d’enjoindre à l’administration des douanes de communiquer les documents sur l’exportation de matériels de guerre, y compris de maintenance et de formation, de la France notamment vers l’Arabie Saoudite et les Emirats Arabes Unis (EAU).

John Cockerill announces the delivery of more than six hundred turrets | 22 September 2021 | ArmyRecognition

During DSEI 2021, International Defense Exhibition in London, UK, Belgian company John Cockerill has announced that it has already produced and delivered more than six hundred turrets, with over hundred equipped with the Cockerill® 105 gun, also produced by John Cockerill Defense. For the record, John Cockerill Defense won a major contract in 2014 to supply Cockerill® 3000 Series turrets.

Ministry of Defence advertised surplus military pistols as ‘crowd control’ weapons at arms fair showcase | 21 September 2021 | iNews

The Ministry of Defence advertised surplus military pistols as “crowd control” weapons at Britain’s showcase arms fair attended by regimes criticised for their questionable human rights records.

Russia transfers BRDM-2M reconnaissance vehicles to Tajikistan to strengthen border with Afghanistan | 20 September 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to Novosti, after the withdrawal of the US and other armed forces from Afghanistan, the situation in Central Asia becomes more unstable. Therefore, in order to strengthen the border with Afghanistan, Russia has transferred a consignment of military equipment to Tajikistan.

Saab receives orders from undisclosed customer for Carl-Gustaf M4 and Ammunition worth USD103 Mn | 20 September 2021 | ArmyRecognition

Saab has received orders for the recoilless rifle Carl-Gustaf M4 with included ammunition. The combined order value is approximately 900 million SEK (USD 103.145 Mn) and deliveries will take place in 2022.

Belgian FN 7.62mm Remotely Controlled Rifle Used in Iranian Scientist Assassination | 20 September 2021 | DefenseWorld

A 7.62mm MAG light machine gun mounted on a remote weapon station made by the Belgian firm FN Herstal was used in the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh on November 27, 2020 in Absard near Tehran the New york Times reported Saturday.

DSEI: London arms fair where Middle East deals are made | 15 September 2021 | Middle East Eye

Invitees to DSEI in east London include countries the UK government has listed as human rights concerns, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iraq.

Unternehmer wegen verbotener Ausfuhren in den Iran festgenommen | 15 September 2021 | Produktion.de

Ein Unternehmer aus Schleswig-Holstein soll dem Iran Gerätschaften für sein Nuklear- und Raketenprogramm beschafft haben. Genehmigungen gab es nicht. Die Details.

Britain’s ‘robust’ arms export controls are a fiction | 14 September 2021 | Daily Maverick

The British government claims to have a ‘robust’ system for regulating the export of UK arms and military equipment around the world – but this is an illusion. In practice, UK controls on arms exports are all but voluntary, and Britain routinely arms states abusing human rights and those at war.

Debatte über Kriegsmaterial-Exporte eröffnet die Herbstsession | 13 September 2021 | Swissinfo.ch

L’initiative contre les exportations d’armes fait suer le National | 13 September 2021 | Lematin.ch

Les règles pour les exportations d’armes seront durcies | 15 September 2021 | Swissinfo.ch

Wer entscheidet, in welche Staaten Kriegsmaterial exportiert werden darf? Der Nationalrat eröffnet am Montag die Herbstsession mit der Debatte über die Volksinitiative “Gegen Waffenexporte in Bürgerkriegsländer (Korrekturinitiative)” und den Gegenvorschlag.

RSF and other Human Rights Organizations Call For Robust Implementation of New EU Export Control Rules and Investigation of EU member states’ role in Pegasus affair | 10 September 2021 | RSF

As new EU export controls rules come into force on 9 September with the recast Dual-Use Regulation, five organizations call upon the European Commission as well as all 27 EU member states to follow up on their promise of creating a transparent market in cyber-surveillance technologies that is bound by effective human rights safeguards with immediate action.

Merchants of death are not welcome in London’: Further demonstrations planned against world’s largest arms fair | 10 September 2021 | Left Foot Forward

The Nine Elite UK Universities That Still Have Links With Arms Dealers | 13 September 2021 | Huffington Post

Six countries invited to arms fair are on Foreign Office human rights list | 14 September 2021 | The Guardian

Campaigners against the arms trade have vowed to cause further disruption and carry out further protests against the Defence and Security Equipment International 2021 arms fair (DSEI) which is due to take place in London next week.

Strengthened EU export control rules kick in | 9 September 2021 | European Commission

Commission’s actions to implement new EU Export Control Regulation – Memo | 9 September 2021 | European Commission

The EU is today strengthening its ability to respond to new security risks and emerging technologies. The new Export Control Regulation enters into force today and will tighten controls on trade in dual-use items – civilian goods and technologies with possible military or security use – while enhancing the EU’s capacity to protect human rights and support secure supply chains for strategic items.

UK MoD awards contract to Theon Sensors for Thermis CS thermal imaging systems | 9 September 2021 | ArmyRecognition

Theon Sensors has been awarded a contract for the supply of Thermis CS thermal imaging systems following a recent international tender by the UK MoD for the procurement and support of Sniper In-Line Low Light System (SILLS)-Long Wave InfraRed (LWIR) Thermal Sight “Weapon Sight 2”. The initial order includes the delivery of 500 units of Thermis CS by 2022, with options to procure additional units over the life of the contract in collaboration with its UK-based partner Active Electronics.

DSEI 2021: UK defence industry policy risks strategic incoherence | 8 September 2021 | Shephard Media

The UK has a globally regarded network of defence and security companies — but industrial sovereignty is being eroded by a steady stream of bids from overseas. Key parts of the UK defence industry appear to be up for sale to speculative US investors that are keen to swoop, secure a bargain and reap the rewards.

Asia-Pacific accounts for 50 percent of Russian defense exports | 7 September 2021 | ArmyRecognition

The countries of the Asia-Pacific Region account for approximately 50% of Russia’s defense exports, Dmitry Shugayev, Director General of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), told Russian media: “China, India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Malaysia are among Russia’s main partners for military-technical cooperation in the region. These countries account for some 50% of Russia’s backlog of export defense orders,” said Shugayev.

Norway orders 4000 FN Minimi Mk3 7.62mm light machine guns from FN Herstal | 4 September 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to information released on September 3, 2021, Belgium company FN Herstal, a global leader in the design and the manufacturing of small caliber weapons and weapon systems, has received a contract from the Norwegian Ministry of Defense for the delivery of 4,000 FN MINIMI® Mk3 (3rd generation) light machine guns in 7.62x51mm NATO caliber and associated initial spare parts over a 7-year period, and secondly, maintenance and support equipment over a 20-year period.

Recast Dual-Use Regulation: An Overhaul of the EU export control regime fitted for the XXI century? | 3 September 2021 | Hogan Lovells | JD Supra

After journey of over four years, the EU adopted Regulation (EU) 2021/821, recasting the Dual-Use Regulation. The new rules will enter into force on 9 September 2021 and will entail stricter catch-all controls on non-listed cyber-surveillance items. There will be changes in the regime for transits and new licencing obligations for the provision of technical assistance.

Ukraine’s Ukroboronprom signs agreement with US defence company | 2 September 2021 | Army-Technology

Ukrainian Government entity Ukroboronprom has entered a multi-year cooperation agreement with US-based defence company Global Ordnance.

British company Jankel opens its new UK-based military vehicles production capability | 2 September 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to information released on September 2, 2021, Jankel, a world leader in the design and manufacture of high-specification defense, security and NGO protection systems, has announced the establishment of a major new UK-based military vehicle production capability. Situated in Coventry in the Midlands the new production line sits in the heart of the UK’s traditional automotive manufacturing hub and is surrounded by an extensive and comprehensive automotive supply chain within easy logistic reach.

French 1st Regt of Spahis receives FN SCAR-H PR Precision Rifles | 1 September 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to a tweet from the C.O. of the 1st Régiment de Spahis – a cavalry unit of the French army -, his regiment has received its first 14 SCAR-H PR precision rifles manufactured by FN Herstal, delivered with a Swarovski 8×24 mm scope. It succeeds the FR-F2, in service since 1986.

US pledges $60M in military aid to Ukraine ahead of Zelensky visit | 31 August 2021 | The Hill

President Biden is pledging to provide Ukraine with $60 million in military aid ahead of his first face-to-face meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday.

Patria provides 6×6 armoured vehicles to Finland and Latvia | 30 August 2021 | ArmyRecognition

Finland and Latvia together with Patria have signed a Frame Agreement for a production phase management of the joint 6×6 armoured vehicle. Within this agreement, the parties involved can exercise joint procurement management, achieving technical and economic benefits from the overall procurement scope of the programme.

Patria and CSM to cooperate on 8×8 APC for Slovakian army | 30 August 2021 | ArmyRecognition

Patria and the Slovak engineering company CSM Industry have signed a Memorandum of Understanding related to the tender for the supply of 8×8 armoured fighting vehicles. The agreement includes cooperation in the supply and sale of 8×8 armoured vehicles.

Belarus army receives upgraded 2S3M Akatsiya self-propelled howitzers from Russia | 30 August 2021 | ArmyRecognition

The Uraltransmash defense manufacturer (part of the Uralvagonzavod Group within the Russian state tech corporation Rostec) has completed the delivery of upgraded 2S3M Akatsiya self-propelled howitzers to Belarus, the company’s press office reported on Monday, August 30.

Rosoboronexport signed contracts with foreign customers for 2 billion euros | 27 August 2021 | ArmyRecognition

During the Army-2021 International Military-Technical Forum, Rosoboronexport, following negotiations with 70 foreign partners, signed about 20 contract documents totaling over 2 billion euros”, said Rosoboronexport CEO Alexander Mikheev.

Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle to become basic weapon for Russian troops | 27 August 2021 | ArmyRecognition

The AK-12 assault rifle developed by the Kalashnikov Group (part of Russia’s Rostec state hi-tech corporation) replacing the AK-74 will become the basic weapon for Russian troops in the coming years, the group’s press office told TASS at the Army 2021 international military and technical forum.

Rostec delivers T-14 Armata tanks to Russian armed forces | 26 August 2021 | ArmyRecognition

Russia’s Rostec state hi-tech corporation has delivered a batch of T-14 Armata tanks to the Russian armed forces, Rostec First Deputy CEO Vladimir Artyakov said at the Army 2021 international military and technical forum: “We have shipped upgraded T-90 Proryv tanks, a pilot batch of T-14 Armata tanks and continue the deliveries of Pantsir-S [NATO reporting name: SA-22 Greyhound] systems,” Artyakov said.

Germany orders radars for F124 frigates from Hensoldt and IAI | 25 August 2021 | Janes

The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, has ordered radars from Hensoldt and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for the German Navy’s F124 air-defence frigates, IAI announced in a press release on 24 August.

Russian Helicopters signed first contract for upgraded Ka-52M helicopters delivery | 25 August 2021 | ArmyRecognition

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (a part of Rostec State Corporation) at the international military and technical forum “Army-2021” has signed a contract with the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation to supply the first modernised attack helicopters Ka-52M.

Rosoboronexport expects production of light version of T-90 tank for export market | 24 August 2021 | TASS

Rosoboronexport expects production of a light export version of the T-90 tank, the Russian arms export agency told TASS at the International Military-Technical Forum Army-2021.

US delivers first batch of 50 JLTVs to Lithuanian army | 23 August 2021 | ArmyRecognition

On August 17, the first 50 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) procured by the Lithuanian Armed Forces from the U.S. were unveiled publicly in Rukla. At the ceremony held at the Mechanized Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf, Vice Minister of National Defence Margiris Abukevičius said that the acquisition was a particularly important step in the modernization of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

Deutschland lieferte Rüstungsgüter für fast 419 Millionen | 22 August 2021 | Tagesspiegel

Die Bundesregierung hat seit Beginn des internationalen Militäreinsatzes in Afghanistan vor knapp 20 Jahren den Export von Kriegswaffen und anderen Rüstungsgütern für mehr als 400 Millionen Euro in das Land genehmigt.

Ukraine to Establish Mi-17 Helicopter Repair Centre in Turkey | 20 August 2021 | DefenseWorld

Ukraine’s Ukrspetsexport, a subsidiary of state-owned Ukroboronprom, will soon set up a facility to repair Mi-17 helicopters in Turkey.

Rheinmetall received €250 million order for Fuchs 2 wheeled armoured vehicles material kits | 11 August 2021 | ArmyRecognition

An international partner has placed a follow-up order with Rheinmetall to supply material kits for the Fuchs/Fox 2 wheeled armoured vehicle. This new order, which also encompasses an initial supply of spare parts, is worth around €250 million. Delivery will take place during the 2021-2023 timeframe, with production to be carried out in the partner’s country. This major order underscores the long-lasting nature of this successful strategic partnership.

British army plans to replace its L85A3 5.56mm assault rifles from 2025 | 7 August 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to a Tweet published by Nicholas Drummond on August 6, 2021, the British Army plans to replace its L85A3 5.56mm assault rifle from 2025. The US Army’s NGSW (Next Generation Squad Weapons) is likely to influence British army choice in terms of weapon type and caliber.

Mögliche Verstrickungen des türkischen Präsidenten Recep Tayyip Erdoğan und seines Umfeldes in Waffenlieferungen an islamistische Terroristen – Antwort der Bundesregierung | 6 August 2021 | Deutscher Bundestag

Der flüchtige „Mafiaboss“ und eigentliche Erdogan-Freund Sedat Peker sorgt seit Wochen für Aufregung. Aus seinem Exil in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten (VAE) hatte er Anfang Mai 2021 eine Serie von YouTube-Videos begonnen, in denen er schwere An- schuldigungen gegen türkische Politiker erhob: Mord, Drogenhandel, Korruption, Vergewaltigung, Amtsmissbrauch, politische Gewalt.

Greece to Buy F-16 Support Package for $270M | 4 August 2021 | DefenseWorld

The U.S. State Department approved a Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Greece of F-16 Sustainment Materiel and Services and related equipment for an estimated cost of $270 million.

Georgia to purchase more US Javelin anti-tank missiles and related equipment | 4 August 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by the United States Department of Defense on August 3, 2021, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Georgia of Javelin Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $30 million.

Czech Republic negotiates acquisition of Israeli Spyder air defense missile systems | 4 August 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by the “Armadni Noviny” website on August 3, 2021, the Czech Ministry of Defense negotiates the acquisition of Israeli Rafael Spyder mobile air defense missile systems to replace Soviet-made2K12 Kub, NATO reporting name SA-6 Gainful currently in service with the Czech army.

Rheinmetall to equip Dutch army Fennek 4×4 reconnaissance vehicles with LaZ400 thermal imaging system| 3 August 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to information released on August 3, 2021, German company Rheinmetall will be equipping the Dutch military’s Fennek 4×4 wheeled armored reconnaissance vehicle with a new gun carriage-adaptable aiming device.

Munitions- und Rüstungsexporte über den Hamburger Hafen im ersten Quartal 2021 – Antwort der Bundesregierung | 3 August 2021 | Deutscher Bundestag

Der Hamburger Hafen “ist eine Drehscheibe für Rüstungsexporte – internationale und deutsche”. Aus Hamburg werden Munitins- und Rüstungsladungen in Häfen von Ländern geliefert, in denen bewaffnete Auseinandersetzungen weiter ausgetragen werden (beispielsweise der Hafen Cartagena in Kolumbien), sowie an direkt beteiligte Länder des Jemenkrieges (so wie den Hafen Jebel Ali in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten).

Smoking Guns: Are European Arms Exports Fuelling Wars in MENA Region and Worldwide? | 30 July 2021 | EU Bulletin

Researchers have found a direct link between European arms exports and the forced displacement of at least 1.1 million people. “The figure of 1.1 million is a conservative estimate based on these case studies which geolocate European arms within a specific timeframe,” said Niamh Ni Bhriain from the Dutch-based Transnational Institute (TNI).

Ukraine’s Artem Wins $200M to Provide R-27 Missiles to Mystery Customer | 28 July 2021 | DefenseWorld

Ukraine’s Artem Holding company reportedly won a $200 million contract from an unnamed customer to provide R-27 medium-range air-to-air missiles.

 

 

 

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