New York Times, 1feb2012
The New York Times asks for readers’ help identifying a weapon found on the battlefields of Libya last year. They have spent considerable time identifying and sometimes tracing the tools of war in several recent conflicts back to their sources. But this time, they are stumped. The items in question are what ordnance professionals call submunitions, but are more widely known among lay readers as cluster bombs.
The photograph shows one found at the ruins of an arms depot a few miles outside of Mizdah, in the desert south of Tripoli.
photo by C. J. Chivers
BBC NEWS Technology, 31jan2012
Self-steering bullet researched by US weapons experts
A self-guiding bullet that can steer itself towards its target is being developed for use by the US military.
The bullet uses tiny fins to correct the course of its flight allowing it to hit laser-illuminated targets.
It is designed to be capable of hitting objects at distances of about 2km (1.24 miles). Work on a prototype suggests that accuracy is best at longer ranges.
OSCE PRESS release,18nov2011
Four representatives of Turkmenistan's Presidential Administration and the Ministry of Defence participated in a five-day study visit to the United Kingdom. The visit provided the military and emergency officials with the opportunity to learn new and applied practices for physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) of small arms and light weapons and conventional ammunition (SALW/CA) in the UK.
The participants visited several weapons and ammunition storage and destruction sites, and discussed efficient stockpile management and incidence response, including storage and rotation, registration and issuing procedures, periodic checking routines and responses to incidents such as storage facility intrusion, loss and damage of arms, and fire and explosions at ammunition depots
The OSCE Mission to Moldova has been working with the Moldovan Ministry of Defence on ammunition disposal projects since 2007. The disposal of air bombs in July 2011 was the latest in a series of projects.
The disposal operations are part of the Mission’s efforts on arms control and disarmament, which also aim to promote military transparency and increase trust between the parties to the Transdniestrian conflict.
more info & pictures in the OSCE website
Huge blast kills 17 at Iran military base
Officials said the blast was an accident which happened as troops were moving munitions at a base in Bidganeh, near the town of Shahriar, some 45 km (28 miles) west of Tehran.
The explosion shook homes and rattled windows for miles around, at a time of mounting tension with Israel over Iran's nuclear programme.