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Regional Approach to Stockpile Reduction

The Regional Approach to Stockpile Reduction (RASR) Initiative is a long-term, coordinated, regional approach to address the threats posed by excess, unstable, loosely secured or otherwise at-risk stockpiles of conventional weapons and munitions.
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Unplanned Explosions at Munitions Sites

Since 1979 over 500 events involving unplanned explosions at munitions sites were recorded. The Small Arms Survey has released online detailed findings from its Unplanned Explosions at Munitions Sites (UEMS) database, providing information on the location, causes and casualties of each incident.

For up-to-date information, see the Unplanned Explosions at Munitions Sites pages.

New RASR Issue Brief
Dynamic Disposal: An Introduction to Mobile and Transportable Industrial Ammunition Demilitarization Equipment

To circumvent the logistical challenge and avoid the expense of transporting ammunition to existing demilitarization plants, a number of commercial contractors have created self-contained, mobile demilitarization systems. These are modified from existing fixed technologies, to be movable from stockpile to stockpile, comprising modular, transportable technologies (set up on a temporary foundation) which can operate over a relatively long period in a place, before being moved to another.

Yet the user community is often unaware of the capabilities, assets, and limitations of mobile and transportable demilitarization equipment.

Dynamic Disposal: An Introduction to Mobile and Transportable Industrial Ammunition is a new Issue Brief from the Regional Approach to Stockpile Reduction (RASR) Initiative.  It collates unclassified information gathered by the Small Arms Survey at a conference on Mobile Equipments for Ammunition Demilitarization, held on 31 May 2012 in Capellen, Luxembourg. This report serves to raise awareness within the RASR community about the technologies, capabilities, and limitations of mobile and transportable ammunition demilitarization equipment.

 The Issue Brief’s findings include:

  • The majority of existing mobile plants are still prototypes under development, few having a proven track record in the field.
  • Mobile or modular demilitarization processes tend to be slower than their fixed counterparts, operating at lower-capacity, and are better suited to small-calibre or low-net explosive quantity items.
  • While system mobility does provide logistical savings, these need to be balanced against the costs of installation and start-up, personnel, resources, and maintenance.
  •  In South-east Europe (SEE), similar donor requirements, ammunition storage concerns, and gaps in existing demilitarization technology may plead in favour of mobile and transportable systems where financially viable.
  • The specialist processing of relatively small quantities of munitions containing White Phosphorous in several different SEE locations provides a suitable opportunity for mobile equipment to be used.

The Regional Approach to Stockpile Reduction (RASR) Initiative is a long-term, coordinated, regional approach to address the threats posed by excess, unstable, loosely secured or otherwise at-risk stockpiles of conventional weapons and munitions.


     


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