Questions tagged [weapons]

Questions about government procurement or use of weapons for military purposes

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
44 votes
6 answers
8k views

Isn't sending weapons to Ukraine an escalation?

As the title asks, isn't sending weapons to Ukraine an escalation in the war? Perhaps, due to this not being a 'declared war' or an 'invasion' (from the Russian pov), so sending weapons to Ukraine isn'...
AyamGorengPedes's user avatar
39 votes
14 answers
15k views

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 ...
JonathanReez's user avatar
  • 50.8k
37 votes
7 answers
10k views

Why are other countries reacting negatively to Australia's decision to deploy nuclear submarines?

Recently Australia decided to acquire nuclear-powered submarines, attracting several negative comments, such as: Malaysia said on Saturday that Canberra's decision to build atomic-powered submarines ...
Allure's user avatar
  • 34.6k
36 votes
6 answers
6k views

What does sending weapons mean in terms of money changing hands between countries?

For months I'm hearing from multinational sources of sending weapons to Ukraine. They are all vague or deceptive on what the term "sending" means. Does it mean selling weapons for high ...
Paul Erlenmeyer's user avatar
29 votes
4 answers
11k views

Why was Australia willing to pay $3.0 B/unit for the French diesel-electric submarines?

Note: All dollar values are USD. One of the great advantages of diesel-electric attack submarines over nuclear-powered versions is that the former typically cost far less, so countries can purchase ...
theorist's user avatar
  • 407
29 votes
4 answers
23k views

What actions against pirates are legal for private ships?

I've watched the film The Trouble with Pirates [IMDb] and the one thing that is most surprising to me is that those captured ships offered no resistance and were virtually defenseless. The pirate ...
Danubian Sailor's user avatar
26 votes
6 answers
4k views

Why are Stinger (surface to air missiles) and Javelin (anti-tank missiles) not considered escalatory in war theater of Ukraine? [duplicate]

This is purely about military doctrine. Much effort has been made to avoid using US-made fighter planes in the Ukrainian theater because that would be seen as "escalation" and lead Russia ...
Kiers's user avatar
  • 383
20 votes
1 answer
4k views

Why hasn't Israel signed the biological weapons convention?

Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_parties_to_the_Biological_Weapons_Convention Refer to the section Non-signatory states Out of the 10 states listed there, the Ratification status of ...
user avatar
18 votes
5 answers
6k views

What is exactly the issue with Russia using North Korean missiles?

Reading Ukraine is 'test site' for N. Korean missiles -S. Korea The United States and its allies on Wednesday condemned what they described as Russia's firing of North Korean missiles at Ukraine, ...
Mocas's user avatar
  • 7,273
18 votes
3 answers
3k views

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 ...
user 1's user avatar
  • 6,410
18 votes
2 answers
2k views

Are thermobaric weapons considered a conventional weapon under international law?

See title question. As far as I can tell from my reading, a key mechanism of thermobaric lethality seems to involve its chemical compounds. For example: If the fuel deflagrates but does not detonate, ...
Erika's user avatar
  • 364
16 votes
7 answers
5k views

What is the argument made by Gregor Gysi against the delivery of weapons by Germany to Ukraine?

In a TV debate the prominent left wing politician Gregor Gysi made the following argument. (Translated) Interviewer: You didn't change your opinion on weapons delivery to Ukraine? You are still ...
CuriousIndeed's user avatar
16 votes
6 answers
2k views

What evidence did the Bush administration have that Iraq stored WMD in 2002?

The U.S. and its allies have justified the Iraq war, among other things, by citing the danger of weapons of mass destruction. According to wikipedia (emphasis mine) the U.S. stated that the intent ...
Fela's user avatar
  • 1,692
14 votes
3 answers
5k views

Why would the PLAAF buy additional Su-35 fighters from Russia?

In November 2015, China became the Su-35's first export customer when the Russian and Chinese governments signed a contract worth $2 billion to buy 24 aircraft for the People's Liberation Army Air ...
Sayaman's user avatar
  • 40.4k
14 votes
6 answers
2k views

Does the shipment of large amounts of a variety of sophisticated weapons to Ukraine carry a high risk of retaliation or misuse for the senders?

Does the shipment of large amounts of a variety of sophisticated weapons to Ukraine carry a high risk for the senders? A couple of things come to mind: Similarity to Afghanistan. We send weapons to ...
user avatar
14 votes
2 answers
761 views

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 ...
Be Brave Be Like Ukraine's user avatar
13 votes
4 answers
2k views

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 ...
NSNoob's user avatar
  • 1,487
13 votes
3 answers
3k views

Which country made the drones Azerbaijan uses against Armenia?

In the last two days, I am seeing Azerbaijan is effectively using drones against Armenia. Which country made these drones?
user366312's user avatar
12 votes
3 answers
1k views

What is the “appropriate” civilian response to police abusing their power? [closed]

Police are tear-gassing civilians during a pandemic that exasperates respiratory conditions while there is a shortage of ventilators and hospital beds. How/why is this allowed? What is the “...
user avatar
11 votes
5 answers
14k views

Why won't China or Russia modernize North Korea's army by selling them modern military equipment?

North Korea's uses many outdated tanks, mostly T-62s, or based on T-62s, many of which would be expected to be ineffective against the more modern Abrams tank. The S-400 missile system is the best ...
Sayaman's user avatar
  • 40.4k
11 votes
3 answers
4k views

Why is the European Peace Facility considered risky?

Recently, I've read a Guardian article, describing the risks of the European Peace Facility: Despite its name, the European peace facility, worth €5bn over the next seven years, will allow the EU to ...
user2501323's user avatar
  • 11.8k
10 votes
3 answers
11k views

Why doesn't Ukraine just buy the heavy/advanced weaponry that it needs

The Ukrainian military is basically starving for more advanced equipments. From what is public information, it is clear that the West hasn't been supplying to the levels that would satisfy the ...
Bendemann's user avatar
  • 739
9 votes
2 answers
388 views

Why do countries say how much in weapons they are giving to Ukraine?

Why do countries tell the public the type of weapons and monetary amounts of weapon they are giving Ukraine. Is this not better kept as classified info? E.G. 800m USD in Javelin missiles.
Lightsout's user avatar
  • 517
9 votes
1 answer
771 views

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 ...
David Herskovics's user avatar
8 votes
2 answers
1k views

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 and ...
SoylentGray's user avatar
  • 8,889
8 votes
3 answers
3k views

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 ...
Alexei's user avatar
  • 52.9k
8 votes
1 answer
908 views

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 ...
user 1's user avatar
  • 6,410
8 votes
3 answers
418 views

What are the legal and political consequences of exporting arms to a third-party country without the manufacturer country consent?

Poland has signalled that they may provide Ukraine with Leopard tanks even without Germany consent? What are legal and political consequences to Poland should they do it? What if some other country ...
Piotr Golacki's user avatar
8 votes
1 answer
612 views

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 attacks in Syria were undertaken by the government. Would any ...
Colin's user avatar
  • 4,521
8 votes
1 answer
257 views

Hamas' military spending

How much does Hamas spend (or used to spend) on its military activities: rockets, arms, tunnels, bunkers, fighters training, etc.? It is reported that Hamas annual budget is about $2 billion, and that ...
Roger V.'s user avatar
  • 21k
7 votes
5 answers
769 views

What's the public opinion in the US and the UK on selling weapons to Saudi-Arabia?

The US and the UK are major weapon suppliers to Saudi-Arabia. We see that these weapons are used to kill innocent people in Yemen (and maybe in other countries by Al-Qaeda). But as Philipp's answer ...
user 1's user avatar
  • 6,410
7 votes
2 answers
375 views

Have any French weapons been spotted on the ground in Ukraine?

France has refused to publicly disclose what "defensive military equipment" it's been sending to Ukraine, in order not to "provoke" Russia. But there are plenty of country-specific ...
the gods from engineering's user avatar
6 votes
3 answers
3k views

Is any country allowed to purchase conventional arms from North Korea?

North Korea Military Parade 2020 I was watching the latest North Korean video on its military parade. Looks like they have developed an impressive arsenal, and more importantly, a formidable defense ...
user366312's user avatar
6 votes
2 answers
395 views

Why is Poland purchasing military hardware from South Korea?

In recent years Poland ordered/purchased a lot of military hardware from S. Korea. • K2 Black Panther Tanks - Poland signed a contract in 2019 to purchase 180 K2 tanks from South Korea. The K2 is an ...
user366312's user avatar
6 votes
2 answers
390 views

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 ...
user avatar
6 votes
2 answers
441 views

Why is the world silent on the alleged use of phosphorus in Aleppo?

Ok I can understand that Russia has the Veto power but still there is not even a word of condemnation on use of White Phosphorus by Russia on the innocent civilians in Aleppo. (Worthy note that White ...
Failed Scientist's user avatar
6 votes
4 answers
424 views

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 ...
user avatar
5 votes
4 answers
802 views

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 ...
user12651's user avatar
5 votes
5 answers
605 views

Why does India prefer to purchase arms from Israel?

This link says that India, Azerbaijan, and Vietnam are Israel's biggest arms importers. The following chart shows that Israel is the 3rd largest arms supplier to India - The following chart shows ...
user366312's user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
573 views

When it comes to procuring weapons, does NATO have specific guidelines and regulations that member countries must adhere to?

NATO members in Europe have signed a contract for up to 1,000 Patriot missiles to bolster air defenses in the face of the threat from Russia, the alliance said Wednesday. The announcement of the ...
Sayaman's user avatar
  • 40.4k
5 votes
1 answer
270 views

What is the symbology of this pin?

I found this recently among old belongings and can't remember when or where I received it. Very curious about its source but more importantly its symbology. Sorry if this is the wrong place, there's ...
Brandan's user avatar
  • 61
5 votes
1 answer
420 views

Where are the weapons and ammunition used by Russia coming from?

Are the weapons and ammunition used by Russia in the Ukrainian war coming from their preexisting storage? Or, have they increased their production since the start of the war?
user366312's user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
356 views

Which countries want to weaponize space?

I'd like to know which countries want to weaponize space and are against making a "peaceful space treaty". To make myself clear: I know more than 100 countries are parties to the Outer Space ...
Ariel Yael's user avatar
5 votes
2 answers
209 views

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 ...
Martin's user avatar
  • 671
4 votes
1 answer
796 views

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 ...
guest271314's user avatar
  • 2,558
4 votes
1 answer
279 views

Has the White House given a reason as to why there's not the same degree of transparency around arms transfers to Israel that it has for Ukraine?

Some progressives have pressed the White House to be more forthcoming. Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo) recently told The Washington Post, "The Biden administration should provide the same transparency ...
Sayaman's user avatar
  • 40.4k
4 votes
1 answer
101 views

What is the reason the free world bloc doesn't supply armament to the National Unity Government of Myanmar (NUG)

When it comes to Ukraine or Afghanistan, the so-called free world countries seem to help supply armament to those two; but when it comes to Myanmar, support seems to be lacking. Is it because Myanmar ...
Kyrielight's user avatar
4 votes
0 answers
323 views

Why is India purchasing S-400 rather than the US made missiles?

Purchasing Russian missiles have risks of inviting US sanctions. Since India is officially a US ally, Why is India purchasing S-400 rather than the US-made missiles (Patriot or David's Sling or THAAD)?...
user366312's user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
2k views

Does North Korea get permission to test-fly weapons over China and Russia?

The CNN video Experts on what North Korea's series of missile tests may mean summarizes several tests of different "flying objects" including (apparently) two hypersonic missiles or at least ...
uhoh's user avatar
  • 16.5k
3 votes
2 answers
382 views

Why does the UK use US-made strategic missiles?

Why does the United Kingdom use strategic missiles made in the United States, such as Trident, instead of producing their own? It is understandable that they would import tactical missiles, but why ...
user366312's user avatar