- 28 Sep 2021
North Korea tests missile in month of hostility over stalled negotiations
North Korea has fired a short-range missile from its east coast towards the sea, according to South Korea's military, as Pyongyang's ambassador to the United Nations said no one could deny the country’s right to self-defence and to test weapons.
- 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
- 21 Jul 2021
UK Gov Launches BattleLab, but questions remain as to what will be “innovated” in its military laboratory
In August 2020, the Ministry of Defence (MOD), in partnership with Dorset Council and Dorset Local Enterprise, launched a new entity called BattleLab. What this conflict laboratory will create, though, is far from clear.
- 6 Jul 2021
Manufactured explosive weapons are just as harmful as Improvised Explosive Devices to civilians in populated areas: a comment
Manufactured explosive weapons are just as harmful to civilians in populated areas as improvised explosive weapons.
- 24 Jun 2021
Airstrike on market kills 43 in Ethiopia’s Tigray region
An airstrike killed at least 43 people in Togoga, a town in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, on Tuesday, 22 June, 2021.
- 21 Jun 2021
Gaza, Hamas and the risk to civilian life during Operation Guardian of the Walls: a brief analysis
The Iron Dome is one of a number of advanced missile defence systems in place to protect Israel from threats. The system utilises radar to detect rocket launches, manages the threat level of the individual rockets, and intercepts the rockets that may land in populated areas. Rockets fired from Gaza that are going to fall in uninhabited areas are not intercepted.
- 9 Jun 2021
What is a grad?
An in-depth look at the history, use, and harm of Grads in modern warfare. There are currently 81 states where 122mm MLRSs are in service. In 53 (65%) of those states, the 122mm MLRS recorded is a BM-21 Grad or similar, Russian-made model.
- 7 Jun 2021
What is a hand grenade?
An in-depth look at the history, use, and harm of hand grenades in modern warfare. AOAV’s EVM shows that grenades are often used by non-state actors who have perpetrated 27.6% of attacks between 2011 and 2020. In contrast, state actors have perpetrated 4.2% of attacks. For 68.2% of grenade attacks recorded by AOAV, the identity of the perpetrators remains unknown.
- 4 Jun 2021
What is a mortar?
An in-depth look at the history, use, and harm of mortars in modern warfare. AOAV data indicates that 40% of all incidents of mortar harm in the last decade have been perpetrated by non-state actors. State actors account for 20% of mortar attacks and the perpetrator status is unknown for 38% of incidents.
- 3 Jun 2021
What is a landmine?
An in-depth look at the history, use, and harm of landmines in modern warfare. A study of victims in Afghanistan found that 47.5% of landmine victims suffered an amputation. The other most common injuries were to the legs/feet (29.2%) and blindness (2.3%). Landmines were more deadly than ERW, with 10% of incidents proving fatal, compared to 6.5% for the latter.
- 3 Jun 2021
What is an airstrike?
An in-depth look at the history, use, and harm of airstrikes in modern warfare. According to the US Air Force, between 2013-2020, they released a total of 139,919 weapons over Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. That’s an average of 17,490 a year, or 48 per day, for eight years straight.
- 1 Jun 2021
Blasts from the Recent Past: a narrative of a decade of explosive violence
A narrative report on a decade of explosive violence where AOAV has recorded 357,370 deaths and injuries by explosive weapons in some 28,879 incidents. 73% of these casualties, 262,413, were civilians.