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Questions about government procurement of weapons for military purposes

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Is Germany still exporting arms to countries involved in Yemen?

I have recently been in Berlin and caught a glimpse of a more unusual protest: I cannot understand German, but based on the setup (Iron throne with rifles instead of swords) it was clearly related to ...
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What are the reasons for buying weapon systems from other countries?

I was wondering, when reading about Turkey being about to buy a S-400 defense system from Russia, how could they even consider that being an option. I get that global alliances went a bit obscured ...
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Does the IAF have 1000 kg smart bombs? [closed]

According to NDTV... The aircraft dropped 1,000 kg laser-guided bombs on terror training camps, completely destroying them, reports said. in the recent LoC incursion. Does the IAF have 1000 kg ...
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Have arms manufacturers and dealers ever been accused of or convicted of a war crime in the U.S. or by and at an international tribunal?

Before asking this question read What characterizes an act of war as "war crime?" and Does international regulation forbid a country to kill children in a conflict if the other part uses ...
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Negative impact of the Ottawa treaty / Convention for Cluster Munitions for the modern army?

The Ottawa treaty prohibits anti-personal mines, the Convention for Cluster Munitions prohibits cluster munitions. Several nations with modern armies are signatories of the treaty. I was wondering if ...
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Do Persian Gulf countries buy weapons only to influence the seller?

Saudi Arabia was the top buyer of defense products in the world until it was replaced by India in 2017. Other gulf countries also buy a lot of defense products. To me, recent Saudi-Russia defense ...
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Why would Russia supply a NATO country with S400 Missiles batteries?

Yesterday, Sergei Chemezov, head of Russian state conglomerate Rostec, announced that Russia will supply four S-400 missile batteries for $2.5 billion to Turkey. This seems bizarre for a number of ...
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What is the motivation behind Saudi and the UAE's spending on arms?

In terms of money spent, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are the world's 2nd and 3rd top buyers of weapons, respectively. The top buyer India's spending seems justified given India's size and rivalry with ...
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What is the process of the UK sellings arms?

What is the process of one nation selling arms to another? I hear often of the amount of weapons sold by the US, UK, etc. to certain countries (Saudi Arabia etc) but it's not explained the process of ...
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Why isn't Turkey finding Western vendors to purchase SAM systems?

Recently, Turkey has agreed with Russia to buy S-400 missile system. Previously, Turkey's talk with Eurosam failed apparently because they were reluctant to enter co-production (see, p-22/32). Are ...
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Does China still import defense tech and products from Israel?

As we know, China was a prominent customer of Israeli defense products during the 1990s. Does China still import defense tech or finished products from Israel? What is the latest trend?
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Differences between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn's opinion on selling arms to Saudi Arabia?

UK is one of major suppliers of Saudi Arabia with weapons, that has been accused of misusing them (in Yemen or feeding terrorists). Is there differences on Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn 's opinion ...
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Has the Syrian Government used barrel bombs with chlorine since Trump's airstrike?

A few days ago, President Trump launched an airstrike against a Syrian airbase in response to the Syrian Government launching a Saren gas attack. Today, Secretary of Defense Mattis said that further ...
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When was the last time the United States used chemical weapons?

On 4 April 2017, the Assad regime is alleged to have used chemical weapons on civilians in the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhoun, making it the most deadly such incident since the Ghouta attack in 2013. ...
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Are the US strikes in Syria backed by international treaties against the use of chemical weapons?

The Syrian government has various treaties against the possession and use of chemical weapons. Say (as seems likely) that recent chemical chemical attacks in Syria were undertaken by the government. ...
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Why are chemical weapons such a big deal?

Trump seemed to be a big supporter of the current Syrian regime up until the recent chemical weapons attack. But why are chemical weapons such a big deal? What's the difference between killing 100 ...
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How people in US and UK think about selling weapons to Saudi-Arabia?

US and UK are major suppliers of Saudi-Arabia with weapons. We see that these weapons used to kill innocent people in Yemen (and maybe in other countries by Al-qaeda). But as Philipp's answer ...
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Who supplies Saudi Arabia with weapons?

More than 140 people were killed and over 525 wounded on Saturday, by a Saudi Arabian airstrike on a funeral. (See nytimes, rt, theguardian, and foxnews.) The questions are: Who supplies Saudi ...
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Why did Donald Trump say that? [closed]

In an interview to CNN being held in 2007 related to the Iraq War, Trump said "Saddam Hussein has nothing to do with World Trade Centre and also there's no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq for ...
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What is the geostrategic reason for Zimbabwe to keep Cluster Munitions legal?

On 4/Nov/2015, during a recent UNGA voting on banning Cluster Munitions, the opinion was mutual amongst 130 states. Only two world's superpowers voted against: Zimbabwe and Russia. Next, action was ...
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How much do those bombs and missiles cost which are not used up and get outdated?

Big military powers are in a constant need to improve their weapons otherwise they might lag behind. This means that there must be tons of unused bombs, missiles, etc.. which they didn't use up but ...
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Does any US defense whitepaper or public policy document espouse boosting the UK's force projection or military power?

Having a regional ally with a powerful and active military may ease pressure on the US military and foreign policy objects. Does any US defense whitepaper, public policy document or party platform ...
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How could the Ukrainian rebels get SAMs?

I know this counts as geopolitics(or maybe skeptics), but The US and Svobda have claimed that Malaysia flight MH17 was shot down by rebels. After reading This question in Travel Stack Exchange, I now ...
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How did ISIS Gain control of a stockpile of weapons that did not exist?

Breitbart is Reporting: ISIS took over a military base in northern Iraq last month that contains Saddam Hussein’s stockpile of chemical weapons, including hundreds of warheads containing sarin ...
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Is the US reconsidering the Brilliant Pebbles project?

Due to the tensions between USA and Russia over Crimea, and the fact that Russia is the second biggest nuclear power, is the US considering resuming the Brilliant Pebbles project in subsequent years?
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What actions are legal against pirates for private ships?

I've watched the film The problem with pirates and one thing which is the most surprising to me is that those captured ships have made no withstand - and that they are virtually defenseless. In the ...