Conventional weapon

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Conventional weapons are those weapons that are not weapons of mass destruction.[1] They can include weapons such as armoured fighting vehicles, armed helicopters, combat aircraft, artillery and warships.[2] They can also include (but are not limited to) small arms, ammunition, cluster munitions and land mines.[2] There is no single definition of conventional weapons.[3] But they are the main weapons used in modern conventional warfare.[2]

UN Register of Conventional Arms[change | change source]

The United Nations set up the UN Register of Conventional Arms (UNROCA) in 1991.[4] UN member nations add details of their imports and exports of conventional weapons.[4] There are seven categories of conventional weapons in the register.[4]

  • Category I – Battle tanks.[5]
  • Category II – Armored combat vehicles.[5]
  • Category III – Large-calibre artillery systems.[5]
  • Category IV – Combat aircraft.[5]
  • Category V – Attack helicopters.[5]
  • Category VI – Warships.[5]
  • Category VII – Missiles and missile launchers.[5]

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References[change | change source]

  1. "conventional weapon". The Free Dictionary. Farlex. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/conventional+weapon. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Weapons and Their Impacts on Communities Conventional Weapons". International Peace Bureau. http://www.ipb.org/web/index.php?mostra=content&menu=Weapons%20and%20their%20impacts%20on%20communities&submenu=Conventional%20Weapons. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  3. European Security, eds. Wilfried von Bredow; Thomas Jäger; Gerhard Kümmel (Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire; London: MacMillan Press Ltd., 1997), p. 82
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Peter Hough; Shahin Malik; Andrew Moran; Bruce Pilbeam (London; New York: Routledge, 2015), p. 134
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 "The Global Reported Arms Trade; The UN Register of Conventional Arms". United Nations. http://www.un-register.org/Background/Index.aspx. Retrieved 19 September 2016.

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