- 17 Sep 2021
The Digital Dogs of War: inside the DSEI
AOAV's Executive Director visits the DSEI to see how London’s biggest arms trade fair reveals the true face of modern conflict, and why civilians will bear the brunt of this autonomous, distanced new form of warfare
- 14 Sep 2021
How British military spending, plagued by inefficiency and spiralling costs, should be carefully watched at DSEI
As London's largest arms trade fair opens, AOAV looks at recent failures in British government arms procurement serving as a warning from history
- 9 Feb 2021
UK arms exports to Saudis to continue amid record missile sales
The UK saw its largest quarterly increase in arms export to Saudi Arabia since the Kingdom began their bombing campaign in Yemen, official figures reveal.
- 26 Jan 2021
UK approves military exports to 80% of countries on own restricted list
Of the 73 destinations that the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) lists as “subject to arms embargo, trade sanctions and other trade restrictions”, 58 have had approval to receive goods that fall under ‘military use exports’ between January 2015 and June 2020.
- 7 Jul 2020
AOAV condemns government decision to allow new arms sales to Saudi Arabia
Government ends appeal to Supreme Court on arms to Saudi Arabia, but decides it can continue sales. UK has licensed at least £5.3 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia since the conflict began in March 2015.
- 30 Nov 2018
UK arms exports to Afghanistan
UK arms sales to war-torn Afghanistan, mainly consisting of regular war-related items, continues, spiking in 2017. As the Afghan security forces have been implicated in many human rights violations, UK arms exports there stands as a matter of concern.
- 29 Nov 2018
UK arms exports to Bahrain
The UK government has approved sales of small arms ammunition and weapon nights sights, along with cryptography equipment, to this Gulf state where human rights abuses are rife and of significant concern.
- 28 Nov 2018
UK arms exports to Bangladesh
The UK has approved numerous arms export to this south-eastern country, unaffected by the regime’s record of violent political suppression, excessive use of force and extra-judicial killings.
- 27 Nov 2018
UK arms exports to Burundi
The UK’s arms sale to Burundi, including advanced surveillance technology, is revealed, raising concerns given the Burundian government's record of suppressing both political opposition and civil society.
- 26 Nov 2018
UK arms exports to the Central African Republic
The UK has approved arms sales to this war-torn country, despite the fact that the regime asserts sporadic state control and is accused of violating fundamental human rights.
- 25 Nov 2018
UK arms exports to China
UK arms sales to China is concerning because it finds itself on the fringes of what's allowed within the international arms embargo, and because - instead of condemning China's widespread and abusive surveillance system - the UK has chosen to indirectly support its implementation with major exports of dual-use surveillance items.
- 24 Nov 2018
UK arms exports to Colombia
The UK government has increased its approval of British arms exports to this conflict-torn country, in particular selling cryptography equipment that risks fuelling state-sponsored violations.