Conventional weapons are those weapons that are not weapons of mass destruction. They can include weapons such as armoured fighting vehicles, armed helicopters, combat aircraft, artillery and warships. They can also include (but are not limited to) small arms, ammunition, cluster munitions and land mines. There is no single definition of conventional weapons. But they are the main weapons used in modern conventional warfare.
UN Register of Conventional Arms[change | change source]
The United Nations set up the UN Register of Conventional Arms (UNROCA) in 1991. UN member nations add details of their imports and exports of conventional weapons. There are seven categories of conventional weapons in the register.
- Category I – Battle tanks.
- Category II – Armored combat vehicles.
- Category III – Large-calibre artillery systems.
- Category IV – Combat aircraft.
- Category V – Attack helicopters.
- Category VI – Warships.
- Category VII – Missiles and missile launchers.
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References[change | change source]
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- "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.
- European Security, eds. Wilfried von Bredow; Thomas Jäger; Gerhard Kümmel (Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire; London: MacMillan Press Ltd., 1997), p. 82
- Peter Hough; Shahin Malik; Andrew Moran; Bruce Pilbeam (London; New York: Routledge, 2015), p. 134
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