Guided light weapons reportedly held by non-state armed groups, 1998-2013

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The increasingly sophisticated arsenals of guided light weapons held by non-state actors pose an international security threat. These include man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS) and anti-tank guided weapons (ATGWs)—systems operable by a single user or a small crew, where the weapons’ missiles are either manually targeted or self-guided after launch. Such systems have been used by armed groups to attack commercial airlines, military aircraft, and governmental targets, as well as to degrade military and peacekeeping operations.

This document presents the information recorded in the Survey’s database of guided light weapons held by non-state actors as of March 2013.

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Keywords: MANPADS guided weapons armed groups