AOAV’s research on manufactured explosive weapons
Manufactured explosive weapons are those that are commercially-produced, and they range in size and power from hand grenades to massive aircraft bombs.
AOAV’s key reports on manufactured weapons include: Wide-area impact report (pdf), Under Fire: Israel’s artillery policies scrutinised (pdf), Air Power in Afghanistan (pdf), and A Tale of Two Cities (pdf).
Wide-Area Impact – Investigating the wide-area effect of explosive weapons
This report analyses the impact of air-dropped bombs in Yemen, mortar attacks on the Syrian-Jordanian border and multiple-rocket attacks in Ukraine.
‘Air Power in Afghanistan’ – How NATO changed the rules, 2008-2014
NATO's use of air strikes in Afghanistan has long been controversial. AOAV's new report examines how NATO was forced to change its rules for aerial bombing in populated areas.
Ending the use of explosive weapons in populated areas
AOAV campaigns against the use of explosive weapons that causes civilian harm.
From missiles exploding into apartment blocks in Gaza, to mortars and multiple rocket launchers tearing apart the cities of Syria and eastern Ukraine, the use of heavy explosive weapons in populated areas causes a predictable pattern of excessive civilian harm. Explosive weapons can have a wide area impact, either through their large blast capacity, the inaccuracy of their use, or the firing of multiple munitions.
Together with the International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW), AOAV believes that immediate action can and should be taken to develop stronger international standards that reduce the humanitarian harm from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.